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Responsible Recreation

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Careers, Forest Management, Innovation, People, Products

FOREST TO OCEAN | Grain Surfboards

Grain Surfboards has been crafting one-of-a-kind wooden surfboards from sustainably managed Maine forests since 2005. With an emphasis on quality and sincere commitment to sustainable practices, each board is made one at a time, by hand, to create a product that has a soul and tells a story.

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Fast Facts, Forest Benefits, Forest Management

Drink Up

Focus on soils. Learn how forests help keep our water clean on a Forest Fast Break.

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Forest Management, Products

Explore How Paper Is Made

Meet the Paper Machine! As long as a football field, this machine is just one of many processes, machines, and people working behind the scenes at Georgia Pacific to create paper and packaging products used in our daily lives.

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Fast Facts | Forests + Water

Learn how forests help keep our water clean and impact your daily life.

More than half of the drinking water in the U.S. comes from a forest. By making choices that keep our forests as forests, we are keeping our water clean. Learn how forests help keep our water clean and impact your daily life.

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Reconnecting People and Forests
Carbon + Climate Change, Fire, Forest Management, People

Living with Fire

In today’s environment of frequent fires and limited public funds, solutions are forged at the collaborative table. Living with fire means learning to work together both as a collaborative and as a community.

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Fast Facts | Defining Our Forests

Forests play a central role in keeping our earth healthy. But what is a forest?

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Forest Benefits, Forest Management, Products

Different Forests, Diverse Outcomes

Go take a walk in the woods this weekend, learn more about the different forests that surround you, who is working in them and looking after their future, and help us make sure we keep forests as forests.

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Carbon + Climate Change, Cities, Fast Facts, Mass Timber

Fast Facts | Mass Timber

What is mass timber? It's a building material that's as strong as steel, lighter than concrete, fire resistant, and carbon friendly.

Our forests are home to the most technologically-advanced material and processes we have. Built and run on solar energy, they lock away carbon and provide light, strong, renewable materials.  

Already, mass timber construction helps us build faster and more efficiently, while keeping carbon locked away. Innovative wood and paper products – renewable, recyclable and biodegradable – help store carbonreduce waste, and protect wildlife.  

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Carbon + Climate Change, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products

TedTalks | A Wooden Skyscraper?

“Wood is the material that I love most, and I’m going to tell you a story about wood.” Learn why architect Michael Green thinks we should build wooden skyscrapers in this Ted Talks video.

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Fast Facts | Skiing in National Forests

Did you know there are 122 ski areas in U.S. National Forests visited by 23 million people each year?

The main way that Americans now use their national forests and grasslands is for outdoor recreation, and skiing is by far the most popular winter use. There are 122 ski areas on the national forests, and they provide about 60 percent of the total capacity for downhill skiing in the United States. Downhill skiing and snowboarding is the second most popular primary use of the national forests—after hiking. About 16 percent of visitors come for downhill skiing and snowboarding.

All those visitors generate tremendous economic benefits. Ski areas on the National Forest System support about 64,000 full- and part-time jobs. Revenue from ski areas reached more than $45 million in 2016, contributing about $2.7 billion annually to the gross domestic product, (about a quarter of the total contribution of the National Forest System).

Forest management in National Forests helps keep our skiing trails accessible.

Want to know more? Check out this epic speech from Tom Tidwell, 17th Chief of the USDA Forest.

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Carbon + Climate Change, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products

TedTalks | A Wooden Skyscraper?

“Wood is the material that I love most, and I’m going to tell you a story about wood.” Learn why architect Michael Green thinks we should build wooden skyscrapers in this Ted Talks video.

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Cities, Fast Facts, Forest Benefits, Forest Management, Urban Forests

Fast Facts | Trees + Property Values

What's the easiest way to increase the value of your property? It might be as simple as planting a tree. Trees in yards and on streets have been shown to increase property values by as much as 15%. Go ahead - plant a tree.

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Cities, Fast Facts, Urban Forests

Fast Facts | Safer Driving

Studies show that trees along streets lead to safer driving. Just another way trees are helping us to reimagine our communities for the better.

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Fast Facts | Trees + Transportation

How many trees do you need to offset your commute? Roughly one tree for every 2 gallons of gas.

Sustainable forests, and the renewable products from them, are helping us rethink our carbon future.

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Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives

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.

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Conservation, Fast Facts, Forest Management, Recreation, Wildlife

Fast Facts | Turkeys

In the 1930's there were roughly 30,000 turkeys in the U.S. Today, there are more than 7 million. Thanks to active forest management and conservation efforts by public and private landowners, wild turkey populations are flourishing. When we manage forests to be healthy, it's good for turkeys, and it's good for us.

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How Forests Make Our Lives Better

Learn more on how forests make our lives better.

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Fast Facts | Wildfire + Climate Change

Climate change is making weather patterns more unpredictable and causing more droughts, which means there is more flammable materials in our forests. Hotter, drier, forests means more fires AND more intense wildfires. In fact, wildfire seasons is getting longer every year, sometimes by as much as 40-60 days each year. In Florida, fire season in now all year.

We need to make smart decisions about the future of forests to keep people and property safe by adjusting to the realities of climate change, and by better incorporating the natural cycle of wildfire into our landscapes and communities.

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Reconnecting People and Forests
Careers, Fire, Forest Management, People

05: Florida Forest Service | Playing with Fire

We take a look at the politics of fighting wildfire and how state agencies and other organizations are pooling resources and coordinating strategies. 

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