International Forest Day is tomorrow (Mar.21) and is a day to grow awareness of the importance of all types of forests throughout the globe. While the California Forestry Association promotes the social, economic and environmental benefits of our 33 million acres of forestland throughout California, in honor of International Forest Day we wanted to share some amazing facts about forests throughout the world.
– Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass
– Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood
– Forests are home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects
– Forests protect watersheds, which supply 75% of freshwater worldwide
*Facts from UN Forum of Forests
California has long established good management policies and practices have been tested against the best national standards and have demonstrated minimum-to-zero waste thereby safeguarding our natural resource for the future. These practices along with conservation efforts have allowed California not only to sustain forestlands, but to grow them. For every tree that is harvested on average 5 more are planted. And we have grown more trees than harvested for the past 25 years.
Unfortunately, not all countries have modernized their practices and some have to combat ongoing illegal logging operations. According to the UN Forum of Forests, each year 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
What can be done to stop destruction in our forests?
Buying locally grown and harvested wood products is one of the best ways to promote and support sustainable forestry to safeguard our forests here and abroad.
Please share and help build awareness for our forests!