U.S. Under-Investing in Forest Sector Innovation, Restoration
One-third of the United States is forested; the U.S. Forest Service maintains 25 percent of U.S. forests and 56 percent is privately owned. Forests are responsible for half of the United States’ drinking water and provide recreation, wildlife habitat, and products such as wood, pulp and paper. The forest products sector supports 1 million direct jobs and 6 percent of the total manufacturing output of the United States. Unfortunately, U.S. forests, so important to both our economy and environment, are under increasing threat from a combination of climate change, development, pests, and diseases. Despite the urgent need to protect and restore forests, two recent reports point to a lack of investment in forest restoration and forest product innovation in the United States.
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