Tree Frog Forestry News

Southern forests: A resource worth protecting

By Brad Kahn
The Kendeda Fund
May 21, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Southern forests are among the most productive on Earth. Covering just 2 percent of all the earth’s forestlands, they produce 18 percent of its pulpwood. No wonder they’ve been called the world’s “wood basket.” In addition to being highly productive, Southern forests also are the center of biodiversity in North America. More than 3,000 species of plants, 595 avian species, 246 mammals, 170 amphibians and 197 reptiles make their homes in Southern forests. Whatever you value – water, carbon storage, biodiversity, wood and pulp, jobs and economic development, or recreation – Southern forests deliver. Yet with so much demand, it’s no surprise these forests are under pressure from suburban development, agricultural expansion, forestry and a changing climate. So, what is the state of Southern forests? 

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