The Earth Needs More Trees? We Grow Trees!
Fifty years after the first Earth Day, and 148 years after the start of Arbor Day – we all have come to see the importance of trees and forests for ensuring the health and well-being of the earth and ourselves.
As the world has focused action on climate change, we can take pride in knowing that there are now 20 percent more trees in the United States than there were on the first Earth Day celebration in 1970!
That is thanks, in large part, to the dedication of America’s forest landowners planting a billion trees annually -and continuing to grow 43% more trees than they harvest.
We Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by Celebrating Forest Landowners
At the Forest Landowners Association, we recognize Earth Day and Arbor Day by celebrating forest landowners for all they do, from their efforts to combat climate change, to conserve natural resources while producing innovative and sustainable wood products, and to building a strong economy providing jobs not only in their communities but around the world.
Recognizing the importance of good stewardship over our environment and our forests is key to the role that private forest landowners play in conservation, sustainability, and healthy forests.
Private Forest Landowners Give a Lifetime Commitment
While it’s easy to plant a tree, it takes a lifetime commitment and hard work to nurture a forest to maturity. When forest landowners take care to grow these resources over decades, they are contributing to the environment in a variety of ways. This includes carbon capture that helps scrub the air, clean water that fuels the forest, and protecting wildlife that relies on the forests to stay safe from development, traffic, and people.
And when these trees in each private forest are ready for harvest, not only do they retain that carbon, but the new trees that are then planted in their place begin the cycle all over again.
Thank a Private Forest Landowner
As the organizers of Earth Day have stated, Earth Day 2020 will be far more than a day. We can thank our private forest landowners for their enduring contributions to a sustainable planet. So as we look back from where we came, and we look ahead towards a more sustainable future, perhaps, just as we’ve done for appreciating trees, we can collectively wrap our arms around private forest landowners. It’s akin to hugging millions of trees at once.