* About 100,000
men and women are employed in logging and forestry operations.
The nation’s logging and forestry payroll tops $3 billion.
* This industry generated 4.5% of total U.S. manufacturing
GDP and is among the Top 10 manufacturers in 47 states.
Every day the average American consumes the equivalent of a 14
pound block of wood.
* About 91% of this wood comes from
America’s privately owned managed forests.
* More than
56% of U.S. forests are privately owned.
* Thanks to
private capital and advancements in the forest sciences the U.S.
has 20% more forest than it did in 1970 and 2/3 as it had in
* Between 2000 and 2005 our nation’s forested land
base grew by two million acres.
Statistics taken from
the article “The ‘Invisible’ Workforce” by Jim Petersen, a
co-founder of the Evergreen Foundation, in the Fall 2013 issue
of Timber Talk.
TREES ARE THE
by Patrick Moore, Ph.D.
I believe that trees
are the answer to a lot of questions about our future. These
include: How can we advance to a more sustainable economy based
on renewable fuels and materials? How can we improve literacy
and sanitation in developing countries while reversing
deforestation and protecting wildlife at the same time? How can
we pull carbon out of the atmosphere and reduce the amount of
greenhouse gases emissions, carbon dioxide in particular? How
can we increase the amount of land that will support a greater
diversity of species? How can we help prevent soil erosion and
provide clean air and water? How can we make this world more
beautiful and green? The answer is, by growing more trees and
then using more wood, both as a substitute for non-renewable
fossil fuels and materials such as steel, concrete and plastic,
and as paper products for printing, packaging and sanitation.
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