We all rely on paper products for our daily lives. The employees at paper and wood products mills across the country are safely and sustainably manufacturing the goods we need– from tissue and hygiene products, packaging for food, pharmaceuticals and other consumer products, paper for notebooks and coloring, specialty paper for medical supplies, building products and shipping containers and more.
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) members have no higher priority than the safety of our people, and we are humbled by those who are showing up big to make the products we rely on.
Rethinking Our Carbon Future
Carbon, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products
The Importance of Forests in Mitigating Climate Change
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is working with partners such as American Forests on important global issues such as climate change.
Forests and forest products capture almost 15% of our carbon emissions each year. Learn more about the importance of forests in mitigating climate change.
Reconnecting People and Forests
Carbon, Cities, Fast Facts, Forest Benefits, Forest Management, Urban Forests
Fast Facts | Carbon
When trees are turned into products, that carbon stays in those products and out of our atmosphere. By using forest products we are keeping forests as forests and helping fight climate change.
We have a lot to be proud of in this industry. Here are the top five reasons I’m #ForestProud:
#1 – Timber keeps the Pacific Northwest green - in more ways than one! Roughly one-third of all forestland in Oregon and Washington is privately owned. The decision to keep these forests as forests decade after decade is thanks in no small part to the global market for sustainable wood products. Here in Oregon, roughly 92% of the land that was forested in the mid-19th century is still forested today despite significant population growth and increased demand for residential and agricultural development. Keeping these forests as forests is good for wildlife, water quality, and overall quality of life here in the Pacific Northwest. The forest sector also just happens to be one of the oldest renewable industries in the region, helping society meet a variety of needs from housing and energy to paper and packaging in a sustainable way.
#2 – Timber helps combat climate change. Our industry helps fight climate change in two main ways. First, we plant 3-4 trees for each one we harvest and as those trees grow, they draw CO2 out of the atmosphere. When those trees are harvested decades later and made into lumber, much of that carbon is stored and kept from re-entering the atmosphere. Secondly, new engineered wood products, including cross-laminated timber (CLT), allow us to safely build high-rise buildings from wood, instead of iron, steel and concrete, products that account for some of the largest sources of industrial CO2 emissions in the U.S. Substituting renewable wood products for these traditional building materials means less harmful CO2 entering the atmosphere in the first place.
#3 – We grow local, make local, and build local. At a time when it seems we’re getting further and further removed from the production systems that support our lifestyles, timber is keeping it local. While much of our food travels hundreds even thousands of miles to fill grocery shelves and so much domestic manufacturing is being sent overseas, our forests are still here, supporting local wood manufacturing jobs that create the products that stock home stores and lumber yards throughout the region. Walk into just about any home in the Pacific Northwest and you can be assured local forests framed it.
#4 – We’ve come a long way. As modern descendants of one of the oldest industries in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve learned a lot and grown with the times and with the science and technology. Many timber and wood products companies, like Hampton, have been in business for generations. It is through continual learning, improvement, and adaptation that we have found resilience.
#5 – Timber helped make the Pacific Northwest what it is today and continues to influence its economy and its culture. You see it in the Portland Timbers soccer club, the lumberjack on your beer coaster, and at any one of the rural logging festivals that take place each summer. Timber is part of what makes the Pacific Northwest unique.
What makes you #ForestProud?
Growing Trees at Hill Nurseries
December 7, 2018
Every year, more than 1 billion trees are planted in the U.S. But who grows the baby trees?
All these millions of seedlings have to come from somewhere. Take a look behind the scenes - meet the people who grow and care for tiny baby trees at Hill Nurseries.
Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop
The "Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop" partnership project is an innovative collaboration between Sustana and three other supply chain partners, working together to demonstrate that Starbucks cups could be recycled and turned into new cups.
Take care of the forest, and it will take care of you.
Southern Group of State Foresters
March 29, 2019
As research is being conducted and becoming available, findings reinforce what much of the urban forestry community already knows — that trees have a positive impact on human health.
This research is increasing our collective understanding of how our health can be connected to the trees in our communities.
Click on over to the Southern Group of State Foresters' website for an interactive graphic - click on each of the icons to explore how urban forests can improve our physical and mental health and promote healing.