Healthy markets mean healthy forests
When forest owners are confident that they will have a market for their wood when it matures, they are more likely to invest in forest health treatments that prevent disease and infestation, in regular maintenance that reduces the risk of natural disturbance like wildfire, and in replanting to grow more trees. Research shows that demand for wood products keeps markets strong, which protects working forests from conversion to other land uses, like development. Keeping forests intact means keeping forests’ economic and environmental benefits intact too.
But what about deforestation?
The reality is that it’s simply not happening in the United States. According to the USDA, from 1953 to 2011, in a time of expanding population and increasing demand for homes, paper products, and energy, the total volume of trees grown in the U.S. increased by 50%. Today, private forest owners are growing 43% more wood than they remove.
What about wildfire?
Federal, state, and private forest owners and managers have a shared stewardship responsibility to protect natural resources and the communities that depend on them. In 2023, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between NAFO and the Forest Service to enhance coordination and collaboration for initial attack on wildfires in areas of adjacent ownership. Read more>>