A stand of good news about America’s trees

With our increased population, America must be losing forest land, right? Well not according to the Mother Nature Network, which reports the U.S., which has 8% of the world’s forests, now has more trees than it did 100 years ago. Citing a U.N. report, forest growth has exceeded harvest in America since the 1940’s, and was an astounding 42% greater than harvest by 1997. The greatest growth has been seen on the East Coast, with the average volume of wood per acre almost doubling in the last 50 years. Increased conservation, tree planting, and the movement of people from rural areas to cities and suburbs have all helped provide this canopy of good news.

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