Forests 101
Rethinking Our Carbon Future

Reimagine. Rethink. Reconnect.

Rising to the Challenge.

"Every generation has a big question that they have to answer. I think, fundamentally, our generation has to answer 'what is our carbon future going to look like?'"

#forestproud is a diverse community united by a shared ethic of forest stewardship. Together, we are committed to solving key societal challenges by making choices that keep forest as forests.

With a rapidly urbanizing population comes a new set of challenges for society. Challenges that include: an increase in pollution and waste; increasing demands on aging infrastructure; growing demand for affordable (vertical) housing; and a pressing need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and non-renewable materials. We can seize the initiative and work together as a community of innovators, problem-solvers, and responsible stewards, providing scalable solutions to some of today’s most pressing urban challenges through forests.

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Reimagining Our Cities
Biomass, Carbon, Careers, Cities, Energy, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products, Urban Forests

FORESTS: Reimagining Our Cities

For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in a city.

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Forests 101
Reconnecting People and Forests
Fire, Forest Management, Solutions at Scale

WILDFIRE | Fire and Our Forests

Megafires are devastating our forests and our communities. Find out what you can do to help stop them. We all have a part to play.

For a look at what it takes to put it all on the line to protect our forests and keep our communities safe, hear from Naomi Mills, a smokejumper with the USDA Forest Service.

The “Firewise Communities” effort, Ready, Set, Go and our podcast guests from Chelan County Fire District offer some great community protocols regarding fire safety and keeping yourself safe. For more wildfire facts, check out our Wildfire | Fast Facts.

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Reconnecting People and Forests
Biomass, Energy, Forest Management, Innovation, Solutions at Scale

Technology To The Rescue

People are bad at random – we even have a tendency to find patterns where no intentional pattern exists. So, when forest managers are working to recreate the complex, seemingly random patterns found in nature, how do they do it?

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Forests 101
Reconnecting People and Forests
Biomass, Carbon, Careers, Energy, Forest Management, Innovation, People, Products, Solutions at Scale

LOOK UP | The Future Of Forests Anthem

We’ve pulled together six pioneers of the forest community to have a conversation about innovation, challenges and the future of wood.

The Freres family have been stewards of Oregon’s forests for more than 90 years. We joined Kyle to explore how this family-owned lumber company is combining sustainable forest management with next-generation manufacturing to create the building materials of the future: Mass Timber. Take a tour of how mass timber is produced with Kyle.

Thomas Robinson, Founder and Principal of LEVER Architecture, is bringing mass timber construction into the mainstream and elevating lumber to an art form. As our cities grow, so do our challenges: pollution in our atmosphere, dependence on fossil fuels, non-recyclable waste, insufficient housing, and a growing disconnect with nature. To meet these challenges, architects like Thomas look beyond the glass, concrete and steel of today’s cities to the technologies of tomorrow.

Shabnam Sanaei is a bio-chemical engineer from Iran who traded oil and gas for renewable wood. Driven by her desire to improve the world around her and contribute to a more sustainable future, her work as a Biomaterials Specialist at Domtar is creating new materials and products that is redefining what’s possible with wood. See her story here.

Michael Goergen is focused on taking cellulosic nanotechnology from the lab to commercialization, and is bringing together partners in the public and private sectors to accelerate the development of innovative uses of renewable materials from forests. He’s got a great TEDx talk on using tiny bits of trees to save the forest.

Mike LaVecchia and Brian Schopfer at Grain Surfboards have 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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Reconnecting People and Forests
Forest Benefits, Forest Management, People, Solutions at Scale, Wildlife

Protecting Nature, Jobs, And Tradition

Protection of Kendall Forest ensures ongoing timber resource production, safeguards water quality of the environmentally sensitive and economically important Salmon River.

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Forests 101
Forest Benefits, Forest Management, Products

How Forests Make Our Lives Better

For all the forest gives us, we must all nurture it in exchange: working together as responsible stewards, planting and renewing after harvest and using every last part from root to branch to leaf to bark, always innovating. If we are going to keep forests as forests, we need to respect and value them. We must ensure thriving markets for wood and wood products and invest in and support vital research and conservation. Our trees are amazing. By looking after them, we look after ourselves.

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Forests 101
Fast Facts, Forest Management

Fast Facts | Large. Small. Young. Old.

Check out how the diversity of forests contributes to wildlife habitat, recreation, wood products and more.

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Forests 101
Forest Benefits, Forest Management, Products

Different Forests, Diverse Outcomes

Different, diverse forests, managed to meet different goals and outcomes. That’s the real beauty of North America’s Forests. 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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Forests 101
Forest Benefits, Forest Management, Products

How Forests Make Our Lives Better

Learn more on how forests make our lives better.

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Forests 101
Fast Facts, Forest Management

Fast Facts | Defining Our Forests

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

Graphic explaining different outcomes different forests provide to society
Forests 101
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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Forests 101
Fast Facts, Forest Management

Fast Facts | Large. Small. Young. Old.

In most forests across the country, sustainable forest management is hard at work, leading to forests of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Check out how the diversity of forests contributes to wildlife habitat, recreation, wood products and more.

Graphic of white trees and green grass
Forests 101
Fast Facts, Forest Management

Fast Facts | Large. Small. Young. Old.

Check out how the diversity of forests contributes to wildlife habitat, recreation, wood products and more.

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