Reconnecting People and Forests
Careers, Products

The Crew

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work. – Thomas Edison

Innovation and new technology allow us to operate faster, safer, and more efficiently - creating new products and solutions for a society that is constantly on the move. Forest products manufacturing looks very different than it did 100 years ago.

But behind the fancy machines and the new technology - at the heart of these organizations – is a group of skilled, dedicated, and hardworking individuals who make it all possible.

A group who takes pride in their work creating natural, renewable, and sustainable solutions. A group that knows they're making a difference.

In that sense, nothing has changed at all.

#forestproud

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Reconnecting People and Forests
Fast Facts, Forest Management

Fast Facts | Who is part of the forest community?

Who is part of the forest community? HINT: It's more people than you think, and probably includes you!

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Fast Facts, Recreation

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

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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Reconnecting People and Forests
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

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.

Reimagining Our Cities
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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Reconnecting People and Forests
Fast Facts, Forest Management, Habitat, 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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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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Reconnecting People and Forests
Fast Facts, Forest Management, Habitat, Wildlife

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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Fast Facts, Products

Fast Facts | Wood pallets

It takes 2 billion pallets a day to move and store goods in the US. Most are made of wood and 95% are recycled into new pallets or other products.

Our friends at Quartz are obsessed with this humble and ubiquitous technology, featuring the wood pallet's role in the global economy as the lo-fi load bearers of the world.

Not only do pallets move the world, they also support healthy forests and strong communities.

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Reconnecting People and Forests
Reimagining Our Cities
Fast Facts, Forest Benefits, Forest Management

Fast Facts | Forests + Water

More than half of the drinking water in the U.S. comes from a forest.

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Fast Facts, Products

Fast Facts | Cardboard

Cardboard is the most frequently used packaging material because it is renewable, sustainable, and highly recyclable.

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Reconnecting People and Forests
Reimagining Our Cities
Fast Facts, Forest Benefits, Forest Management

Fast Facts | Forests + Water

More than half of the drinking water in the U.S. comes from a forest.

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Community
Reconnecting People and Forests
Fast Facts, Forest Management

Fast Facts | Who is part of the forest community?

Who is part of the forest community?

HINT: It's more people than you think, and probably includes you!

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Forests 101
Rethinking Our Carbon Future

Reimagine. Rethink. Reconnect.

"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?'"

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Reconnecting People and Forests
Careers, Forest Management, Innovation, People, Products

FOREST TO OCEAN | Grain Surfboards

As a society, we are becoming increasingly disconnected from our forests. With nearly 8 billion people in the world - half of which live in cities – we're not just becoming physically disconnected but disconnected from the benefits and solutions they provide us every day.

A wooden surfboard isn't going to solve this, but it serves as a powerful reminder that we always have a choice. And that natural, renewable, and sustainable solutions are always the best solutions.

Hand built using locally grown wood from sustainably managed forests in Maine, Grain Surfboards is not just creating a product for profit. They're creating a product that has a soul, tells a story, and provides a powerful connection spanning forests and ocean. They're creating a product that is not only doing right by surfers, but right by our environment, and by our forests.

Meet Mike LaVecchia and Brian Schopfer of Grain Surfboards and see why they are #forestproud.

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

SMOKEJUMPER | Naomi Mills

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.

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