Trees and Paper – Part 1: The Economic Perspective
The reality is that, whether we like it or not, we need wood, paper, and panel products, and wood comes only from trees that have been cut down. It is comforting to know that the wood comes from a continent where more trees are planted or naturally regenerated than are harvested. If those who manage the forest resource are prudent, professional, and environmentally sensitive, if those who process it are not wasteful and control their pollution output, and if those of us who consume it are moderate in its use and recycle whatever we can, future generations will continue to reap the same rewards nature has provided us. The economic importance of our forests—in these days when we all seem to be preoccupied with the booming high-tech industry—seems to be lost on some folks.
This economic importance is summarized in the Table below:
In the next blog, I’ll discuss Part 2—The environmental perspective and what it means to manage the forest in a prudent, professional, and environmentally sensitive manner, including an interview with a forester who has spent most of his working life doing this.
(1) Blouin, Glen. 2001. An Eclectic Guide to Trees East of the Rockies. Boston Mills Press, Erin, ON. 280 p.
Phil has over 28 years of international experience related to sustainability and the forest products industry. He currently leads Two Sides North America, a non-profit that promotes the unique sustainable features of print and paper, as well as their responsible production and use. Two Sides operates globally in five continents with members that span the entire graphic communication value chain. Phil has written extensively on sustainability and environmental topics related to the forest products sector. He received his Bachelor and Master's of Science degrees from McGill University in Montreal. He is a private forest owner and sustainably manages over 200 acres of forestland for both recreational and economic benefits.