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Paper is the 4th largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

Deforestation accounts for 25% of human caused C02 emissions.

When paper degrades in a landfill it releases methane, a greenhouse gas emission that is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Globally, over 40% of the industrial wood harvest is used to make paper.

Between 7 and 11% of the world's terrestrial biospheric carbon is stored in the Canadian Boreal Forest.

Pulp and paper account for 50% of Indonesia’s exports of forest products.

Over the course of its lifecycle, postconsumer recycled fiber requires 30-40% less energy than virgin fiber.

Between 7 and 11% of the world's terrestrial biospheric carbon is stored in the Canadian Boreal Forest.

Pulp and paper account for 50% of Indonesia's exports of forest products.

In 2010, it is expected that 25% of global pulp exports will be from South America.

The southeast U.S. is the largest paper producing region in the world. Already 15% of the forest (32 million acres) consists of single-species tree plantations.

 

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Endangered Forests - Southeast U.S.

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As the source of one quarter of  all paper, the southeast U.S. is the largest paper producing region in the world. The paper industry logs an estimated 6 million acres in the region each year, and book paper is one of the top 10 paper products that are derived from this region accounting for 6-10% of regional paper production. Additionally, more than 3 million tons of newsprint are derived from the region each year.

The forests in the southeast U.S. are the most ecologically diverse in North America, and often these forests are replaced with single specie tree farms. In fact, it is estimated that 15% (32 million acres) of  southern forests consist of pine plantation.

“In the southeast U.S. highly diverse forests are being converted to single-species tree plantations”

These plantations do not resemble a forest in appearance or function, as the neat rows of trees support 90% fewer species. Plantations also require the use of large quantities of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. 75% of the plantations that have been established in the past 20 years have been developed at the expense of natural forests. Unfortunately the area that these plantations cover is expected to increase to 52 million acres by 2040.

Tree plantations are not inherently bad, and can be part of a sound forest management plan. However, this is not what is occurring in the southeastern U.S. where vast areas of diverse forest are converted to plantations. Included in this region is the Cumberland plateau, which has been designated as a “biogem” by the Natural Resource Defense Council.

More about the Cumberland Plateau can be found here

Relevant Resources

Dogwood Alliance Summary of Southern Forest Resource Assessment
A report by Dogwood Alliance highlighting the threats facing forests in the southern U.S.

Dogwood Alliance Homepage Dogwood Alliance’s long term goals are to protect and restore the South’s endangered forests, end unsustainable forestry practices, and increase the industry’s use of post-consumer recycled and other environmentally preferable sources of fiber in the production of paper.

NRDC Biogem Info An overview of the biodiversity of the Cumberland Plateau and the challenges posed by forest conversion.

 

 

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