The report compiled over 1,000 scientific studies and is designed to serve as a roadmap for managing forests in North America in the years ahead. Unfortunately, it has some difficult truths to convey, including news that the area burned by wildfires is expected to at least double within the next 25 years, while insect infestations look set to become an even bigger problem, affecting more land per year than fires.
Peter Collins, analysis partner at FRA, offered his view: "America's forestry industry has the potential to provide raw materials for trade and incomes for thousands of employees. But perhaps its most important responsibility is to provide a sustainable resource that can help to tackle global warming".
"We all know it's true but it is easy to forget the role that trees play in managing and absorbing the planet's emissions. Forests really do act as the world's lungs and this report highlights the problems that lie in wait if we refuse to step up and accept the responsibility that is inherent in managing forests."
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