Friday, September 04, 2015
There Are More Trees in the U.S. Now Than There Were 100 Years Ago
Because we burn less wood, and because we manage forests that we do use better, there are more forests, and more trees, than there were a century ago.
This is very good news for a variety of reasons, not least for fighting global warming.
Our better forest management is also a good example of public/private partnerships. Governments created useful standards for how best to manage forests. Many private landowners planted trees on previously cleared land, or just let it revert to nature.
Much of this macro-level improvement is the result of many micro-level decisions. There are as many good unintended consequences as bad ones.