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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.

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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.

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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, Fire, Forest Management

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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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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Forests 101
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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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Biomass, Energy, Forest Management, Innovation, Products

Biomass Through Generations

In 2016, Menominee Tribal Enterprises, the business arm of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, completed a biomass-fueled district combined heat and power (CHP) project in an attempt to create energy independence, and reduce carbon footprint and air emissions.

For more than 150 years, the Menominee people have utilized sustainable forestry practices to preserve a unique ecosystem with a wide variety of species and varied habitats. The result is an award winning sustainable forest located on the Menominee Nation Reservation in central Wisconsin. It’s a forest that is not only economically profitable, but also ecologically healthy. In 2016, an advanced wood energy system was completed at the Menominee Tribal Enterprises sawmill to continue with our practices of preserving resources. The project, driven by the Menominee people’s emphasis on sustainability and environmental protection, evolved from our cultural relationship with the land and greater self-sufficiency as a Nation.

In 2016, we completed a biomass-fueled district combined heat and power (CHP) project in an attempt to create energy independence, reduce our carbon footprint and reduce air emissions thus improving local air quality through the use of renewable resources on the Reservation. Biomass is simply wood chips, collected from waste residues from our sawmill, from low value logs, or from harvesting residues. By moving to a biomass boiler system, we are also protecting the health and well-being of communities and our Tribal School near the mill. It is MTEs responsibility and practice to protect the community health as well as the environment while committing to providing sustainable jobs and a solid economic base for the Menominee Indian Tribe.

This project occurred pretty quickly. In partnership with the USDA Forest Service and their wood energy team, assessments showed that we could replace old, inefficient technology with a new biomass-fueled district combined heat and power (CHP) system to generate steam and electricity using renewable biomass fuel for our forest products operations. The steam heat generated will be used to dry lumber in our kilns and to heat our operations and office space, and electricity generated will provide more than 20 percent of MTE’s energy needs. It strengthens our long-term competiveness and commitment to the Menominee and our customers. Our mission statement reflects this: “Menominee Tribal Enterprises is committed to excellence in the sustainable management of our forest, and the manufacturing of our lumber and forest products providing a consistently superior product while serving the needs of our forest, employees, wood products customers, tribal community, and future generations.”

Our investment in a new wood energy system is providing use of existing, renewable Menominee resources and providing economic and environmental benefits for the long-term sustainability of our forests and people. This provides for our Nation for the next generations and embodies the culture, values, and spirit of the Menominee people.

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Rethinking Our Carbon Future
Biomass, Carbon, Careers, Energy, Forest Management, Innovation, Mass Timber, People, Products

FORESTS ARE THE FUTURE | Shabnam Sanaei, Domtar

Shabnam is a bio-chemical engineer from Iran who traded oil and gas for renewable wood.

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Carbon, Forest Management, Innovation

How Can We Serve What We Don’t Understand

What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon in this Ted Talks video

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Rethinking Our Carbon Future
Biomass, Energy, Forest Management, Innovation, Products

Biomass Through Generations

In 2016, Menominee Tribal Enterprises, the business arm of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, completed a biomass-fueled district combined heat and power (CHP) project in an attempt to create energy independence, and reduce carbon footprint and air emissions.

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FORESTS ARE THE FUTURE | Shabnam Sanaei, Domtar

Shabnam 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 creating new materials and products from biomaterials is literally redefining what’s possible with wood.

Meet Shabnam Sanaei and see why her work as a Biomaterials Specialist at Domtar makes her #forestproud.

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Rethinking Our Carbon Future
Carbon, Forest Management, Innovation

How Can We Serve What We Don’t Understand

What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon in this Ted Talks video

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