State of The Forests
Wood and Paper Products in Our Everyday Lives

The wood and paper industry recognizes forests as a valuable natural and renewable resource. While providing the products we depend on, the industry helps maintain abundant forestlands through reforestation and the practice of sustainable forestry.

There are 10 million more acres of forest today than there were 15 years ago.1

Some 4 million new trees are planted each day.1 Of this amount, the wood and paper products industry plants 1.7 million,3 more than making up for what they harvest.

Private landowners like Chuck Leavell manage almost half of America’s forests. According to the U.S. Forest Service, 49 percent of America’s forests are owned by non-industrial landowners. Of the remaining forestlands, 20 percent are part of the National Forest System, 10 percent are owned by states, 13 percent by other federal agencies and less than 9 percent by industrial landowners.1

More than 5,000 products are made from trees: houses, furniture, baseball bats, crutches, fences, garden mulch, books, newspapers, movie tickets – even clothing, carpeting and toothpaste.4

Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion.5

Source Information

  1. USDA Forest Service, RPA Data 1987-2002
  2. Tree Planters' Notes, USDA Forest Service, Vol. 49, No. 1 – 1999
  3. Sustainable Forest Initiative® Program, www.aboutsfi.com
  4. American Forest and Paper Association, http://www.afandpa.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Educators_and_Students/Hands-on_Projects/Youth_Action_Kit/Treemendous.pdf
  5. Colorado Tree Coalition, http://www.coloradotrees.org/benefits.htm, USDA Forest Service Pamphlet #R1-92-100.