Private forests cover about 445 million acres in the United States or 58% of the nation’s total forested acres.
These forests produce more than 60% of the nation’s annual wood harvest. In several regions of the country, they are the primary source of pulp, lumber, plywood, and other wood products.
Private forests also generate a host of non-timber benefits such as providing clean water, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and open space – usually at no cost to surrounding communities. The landowners who manage these private forests practice sustainable management practices by meeting the needs of society today without jeopardizing our ability to do so in the future.
For the past 100 years, total forest area in the U.S. has been stable – and even has grown, according to the 2010 U.S. Forest Service Resources Planning Act Assessment.
U.S. private landowners choose to manage their lands responsibly. One proof of the success of sustainable forest management is there are more U.S. forest lands today than 100 years ago, despite an increase in population.