Forests 101
Reimagining Our Cities
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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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Reimagining Our Cities
Carbon, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products

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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Reimagining Our Cities
Carbon, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products

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

Fast Facts | Carbon

Trees store about 80 tons of carbon per acre when they are actively growing. 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.

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Reimagining Our Cities
Carbon, Careers, Cities, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products

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

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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Urban Forests

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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Fast Facts, Forest Management, Habitat, 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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Forest Benefits, Forest Management, Products

How Forests Make Our Lives Better

Learn more on how forests make our lives better.

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Fast Facts, Fire, Forest Management

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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Fast Facts | Wildfire + Healthy Forests

Not all fire is bad.

Fire can be both friend and foe. In the right place at the right time, fire creates environmental benefits, such as reducing grass and brush that serve as fuel for megafires, while also improving habitats for wildlife.

Healthy forests provide clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation, diverse products, and more. Fire is a natural process and necessary to the health of many forests.

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Reconnecting People and Forests
Fire, Forest Management, People

Restoration in a Fire Forest: The Benefits of Burning

The Northwest Fire Science Consortium's new video showcases the role of prescribed fire.

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Fast Facts, Fire, Forest Management

Fast Facts | Wildfire Rehabilitation

Forests can recover naturally after a wildfire but sometimes they need a little help. When a fire kills all vegetation and heats the ground, it causes changes to the soil and prevents water from being absorbed or retained, increasing erosion and mudslides. Sometimes allowing invasive species to creep in and take over.

Replanting trees after a wildfire is a key part of forest management.

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Reconnecting People and Forests
Fire, Forest Management, People

07: Okanogan Conservation District | Earth. Air. Water. Fire.

We explore both the positive and negative effects of fire on our soil, air, and water.

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Fast Facts | Wildlife

Forests are home to 80% of wildlife on land.  Keeping forests healthy protects the amazing diversity of animals, plants, and insects that call North American forests home. Forest management helps protect habitats across a billion forested acres.

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Reconnecting People and Forests
Fire, Forest Management, Habitat, People, Solutions at Scale, Wildlife

Restoring Habitat And Creating Jobs Through Western Juniper

Discover Oregon’s effort to restore habitat for sage grouse and create jobs by harvesting Western Juniper. Collaboration efforts like this one protect Oregon's forests and create rural jobs.

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