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A Few Forest FActs
To grow a pound of wood, a tree uses 1.47 pounds of carbon dioxide and gives off 1.07 pounds of oxygen.
Wood represents 47 percent of all raw materials used in the U.S., but the energy used to produce wood products accounts for just 4 percent of the energy used to make all manufactured materials.
EPA estimates that each year, forests in the U.S. remove the greenhouse gases emitted by 139 million cars.
The U.S. hardwood inventory now stands in excess of 10,000 million cubic meters and is growing at a rate of 40 million cubic meters per year after harvesting.
Reported by The National Hardwood Lumber Association, American Forest and Paper Association, California Forest Products Commission, Engineered Wood Association, Environmental Protection Agency, and USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis National Program
WOODpellets for electrical generation have become a boom export in the South. Spurred by mandated policy and public support schemes across the European Union (E.U), the international wood pellet market increased more than 200 percent between 2002 and 2006, shooting global production from 8 million tons in 2007 to more than 13 million tons in 2009.
The North American Wood Fiber Review reports that U.S. and Canadian production grew from 1.1 million tons in 2003 to 6.2 million tons in 2009. Europe that year produced about 10 million tons. U.S. pellet exports equaled 600,000 tons in 2010.
Russ Taylor, President of Wood Markets, predicts a global bidding war for wood products will begin somewhere between 2013 and 2015 due to an imbalance in supply and demand as China’s appetite for logs and lumber increases imports and the U.S. and European economies finally recover.
has trended down in the last decade. Primary regions of the country – South, North and West – have all lost upwards of
40 percent of their respective milling capacity between 1990 and today. Contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) for wood products dropped roughly 40 percent between 2005 and 2010.
2009 ProDUctIoN: Industrial roundwood
By percentages; total unknown. Source:
oceana 3.5
Africa 5.0
Latin America and carribean Nations 13.9
Asia 16.9
N. America 28.7
europe 31.9
Historic Forest Growing stock removals by ownership 1952-2006
*In thousand cubic feet, Source: W. Brad Smith, U.S. Forest Service, July 11, 2010 (based on historic RPA reports), combined softwood and hardwood outputs.

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