From Canada to Texas and from Oregon to Florida, the North American continent is rich in forests that seem to cover the land as far as eye can see. As sites of some of the most complex ecosystems on the planet and true factories of oxygen, the forests of America are deeply connected with each and every one of us and their preservation is one of the most important tasks for the citizens of the 21 st century.
The lumber industry in the US is currently employing half a million people directly, with additional 1.6 million holding jobs directly dependent on it. It is producing more than 30 billion board feet annually, firmly placing the US as the world’s single largest producer and consumer of lumber and contributing as much as 4% of the US GDP.
The rich expanses of American forests are more than just natural landmarks. They are more than source of revenue and they are far from invulnerable. Ever-expanding urbanization paired with deforestation poses a clear and present danger to this invaluable natural resource, to the very thing that directly influences the quality of air we breathe, purity of water we drink and the health and wellbeing of our children.