Paper Supports Forests

Myth: Making paper always destroys forests

Fact: Paper production supports sustainable forest management

By understanding the importance of forests and their contributions to our delicate ecosystems, North American paper manufacturers encourage forest sustainability through their purchases and use of certified wood fiber. Additionally, the paper industry promotes sustainable forest management policies and practices at home and around the globe. Landowners also manage their forestland responsibly instead of selling it for development because they know there is a dependable market for this responsibly grown fiber. Here are a few more facts about sustainable forest management provided by Two Sides:

  • Claims like “go paperless—save trees” create a false impression that forests are a finite resource, being destroyed. In truth, North American forests are a renewable resource that is continuously replenished using sustainable forest management. (Dovetail Partners, 2014)
  • Over the last six decades, the net total U.S. forest area has increased by over 3% and the net volume of trees on timberland has increased by 58%. In Canada, the forest cover has remained stable over the last two decades and less than 0.5% of Canada’s forest resource is harvested each year. (USDA Forest Service, 2012 & Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, 2014).
  • Most pulpwood harvested in the U.S. (89%) comes from private land. The income landowners receive for trees grown on their land encourages them to maintain, sustainably manage, and renew this valuable resource. (USDA Forest Service, 2012)
  • Avoiding the use of wood is not the way to protect forests for the long term. It is precisely the areas of the world that consume the least wood that continue to experience the greatest forest loss. (Dovetail Partners, 2014)
Article Source: twosidesna.com | http://www.twosidesna.org/Paper-Production-Supports-Sustainable-Forest-Management

 

Written by PRS Team — June 27, 2016

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