Forest ecosystems make up the largest terrestrial carbon sink on Earth

While “doom and gloom” about the state of America’s forests helps sell magazines and newspaper, the reality is that large-scale deforestation is simply not happening. According to the USDA, from 1953 to 2011, in a time of expanding population and increasing demand for solid wood products, paper products, and energy, the total volume of trees grown across the US increased by 50%.

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