Forest Facts

  • In 1995, over 1.6 billion tree seedlings were planted in the U.S. -- that's more than 5 new trees for each American.
  • There are 737 million acres of forest land in the U.S.
  • Ginkgo trees provided food for dinosaurs, and yet they can still be found in backyards today. The single, oldest living thing on Earth is a tree, a 4,700 year old bristlecone pine tree in California. It was growing when the Egyptians built the pyramids.
  • Most forest products (things made from trees) are recyclable.
  • Trees are renewable resource. We can plant more trees, and we do!
  • Recycling helps save landfill space. When you recycle used paper, the forest products industry uses it as a valuable raw material to make new paper products.
  • About one-third of the United States is covered by forests.
  • America's forest and paper companies are committed to the goal of sustainable forestry -- a dynamic concept that balances the need for forest products with the need to protect and conserve our environment.
  • Sawdust and wood shavings, saved from manufacturing wood products, are recycled to help make paper grocery bags, corrugated boxes and other products.
  • Thanks to today's new technologies, up to 98% of a tree can be used -- with hardly any waste.
  • More trees are grown through replanting and natural regeneration than are harvested in the U.S. each year.
  • Forests are oxygen factories. To grow a pound of wood, a tree uses 1.47 pounds of carbon dioxide and gives off 1.07 pounds of oxygen.