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Now you may be asking, how do we turn a tree into a chair or a piece of paper? Well, this a done through a process called harvesting. Harvesting is the cutting and sawing of the trees to make them into a usable form.

The first step in harvesting is choosing the right size tree. People from timber companies go through the forest and measure the trees to make sure they are at least twelve inches in diameter. The trees that are big enough are cut down.

The trees that are not large enough are left in the forest to grow.