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What's your E-IQ? Test what you know — and what you need to know — about our U.S. forests in this simple 7-question quiz. And see where you rank with the rest of America. The amount of forestland in the U.S. is the same today as it was 100 years ago. It's hard to believe that the amount of our forestland is about the same as it was in the early 1900s, despite our population tripling. But there are two major reasons why: One, the incredible regeneration power of Mother Nature. And two, nearly 4 million tree seedlings are planted each day. Fast Facts There are nearly 750 million acres of forests in the U.S. today. It's better for the environment to buy an artificial Christmas tree than a real one. Real Christmas trees come from managed forestlands, a sustainable resource. When they're cut, several more are replanted in their place. And after the holidays, your real tree is biodegradable, whereas artificial trees are made from non-biodegradable plastics and metals. Fast Facts For every Christmas tree cut in a managed forest, up to three are planted each spring. Planting new trees can help to combat global warming. But do you know why? Trees are vital in removing carbon dioxide — a major greenhouse gas. For each ton of wood a forest grows, it removes 1.47 tons of carbon dioxide from the air and replaces it with 1.07 tons of oxygen. Fast Facts Even when harvested, trees continue to keep their carbon out of the atmosphere for as long as the wood is in use. How often do you ask for plastic over paper bags at the grocery store? Always choosing paper bags means you’re choosing a natural product that’s renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and from a sustainable resource — our forests. Fast Facts A single fiber in a sheet of paper can be recycled between four and 10 times. How often do you separate out plastic, glass, and paper from your trash for recycling at home? You savvy recycler, you. Separating your recyclable papers is more efficient in the recycling process. Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, land filling, and incineration. Plus, recycling is really good for the environment. Fast Facts Most recycled paper is actually made from a blend of virgin and post-consumer fiber. How often do you participate in community environmental events like tree planting and neighborhood cleanups? What a good neighbor you are. Community events allow you to meet your neighbors, strengthen local community ties, help the environment, and teach your children how to care for it. Fast Facts One tree provides nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. Which of the following three groups do you think owns the most forest acres in the United States? According to the USDA Forest Service, about half of U.S. forestlands are owned by private landowners, including many individuals and family tree farmers. Fast Facts Two-thirds of the fiber grown for wood and paper products is harvested by family forest owners. Congratulations. You’re the gold standard, the silver lining, the Yellow Brick Road and the true blue — all rolled into one. That’s right, you not only talk the talk, but you recycle the papers, ride the bike, plant the trees, you get the idea. You’re the model citizen when it comes to making a greener environment. Why not continue to Plant it Forward by incorporating some more tips into your daily life? (Or at least tell your friends and your family about them.) Thumbs up—you often take the green route, however, you still need a hand getting more information to be truly green. Why not take the next step to read some helpful tips on how you can Plant It Forward in your community and boost your E-IQ to help create a greener earth? You’re on the right track, young Grasshopper, but have a way to go. You know what to do, but just need to incorporate some more green action into your daily life. Luckily, we’ve got a list of tips that can make you master of the green. Look on the bright side, improving your knowledge and behavior on the environment is easier than you think. We’ll help you learn how to Plant it Forward in your community with some great tips that can put you in the black (so to speak) and your environment in the green. Question #1 Forest Resources of the United States, 2002 (Smith, et. al.) Tree Planters' Notes, USDA Forest Service, Vol. 49, No.1 – 1999; Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Program, Question #2 Christmas Tree Farm Network Question #3 Society of American Foresters Question #4 Weyerhaeuser, 2004 Roadmap for Sustainability: Conserving Natural Resources Question #5 American Forest & Paper Association Question #6 International Society of Arboriculture Question #7 Forest Resources of the United States, 2002 (Smith, et. al.) American Forest Foundation, At a Glance, November 2005 (Vol. 2, No. 6)