Losing Our Forests

March 4, 2014 by  
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Over the last decade an average of 6,000 acres of forest and open space has been lost per day in the United States. That’s four acres per minute. That’s an area the size of the city of Seattle every nine days!

In 2003, the wildfires in Southern California’s devastated more than 800,000 acres, including a total of nearly 450,000 acres in four National Forests. The Hayman Fire in Colorado was one of the worst wildfires of 2002, burning nearly 138,000 acres in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest in Colorado. These are only a few examples of thousands of intense wildfires that have burned in many of our nation’s forests over the past ten years.

With that loss comes the loss of wildlife, food, medicines, water filtration, flood control and so much more. There are over 190 million acres of land in our U.S. National Forests, but that number is shrinking drastically. Trees are essential to humanity. We literally can not live without them because they provide the air we breath.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

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