Tree Farm certified forests are beneficial to everyone.
Whether you have “a few trees” that shelter wildlife and shade the creek for salmon, a bit of “woods” behind your house where the kids play and you cut firewood, or a “tree farm” that produces logs for the local mill or a friend’s carpentry business…if you have ten acres or more of land with trees, you have a forest.
What is behind a sign?
Two thirds of the nation’s drinking water comes from forests.
One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.
Forested watersheds provide quality drinking water to more than 180 million Americans.
For every ton of wood a forest grows, it removes 1.47 tons of carbon dioxide and replaces it with 1.07 tons of oxygen.
More than 1.6 billion seedlings are planted annually on harvested forestland. That translates into six seedlings planted for every tree harvested. In addition, billions of additional seedlings are regenerated naturally.
Annually, over 14 million people hunt and 44 million fish, including on private forestland.
Over half of endangered species rely on private forestlands for part of their lifecycle.
If you own that forest as an individual, a couple, a family partnership, or some other grouping of unincorporated individuals, you are a family forestland owner. You can learn more about getting your forest certified here.