Saturday, April 22, 2017
“Earth Day is a time to reflect upon the relationship we have with our natural world, and to consider how we balance our dependence upon natural resources with the need to protect those resources for future generations. To be successful, responsible stewards of our natural resources over the long-term, such a balance is critical.
Earth Day is also a time to celebrate. Our nation’s forests grow far more wood than is harvested each year, while supporting a forest products industry with an impact over $200 billion that is especially vital to rural communities. Our nation’s forests now contain more timber they did at the time of the first Earth Day in 1970. Today’s actively managed forests sequester carbon and improve forest health, while also providing a venue for a thriving outdoor recreation and tourism industry.
The future of forestry in America is bright, as there exists a tremendous opportunity to utilize more of the timber that is grown and harvested each year to produce fiber and energy now derived from fossil fuel. Those now considering career choices should keep in mind the ongoing need for skilled technicians and equipment operators to help manage our country’s sustainable forest resources.
America’s forests. Reason to celebrate this Earth Day! “ by Steve Kariainen FRA’s Lake States Regional Manager.