The Southern Forest Products Association has alerted its members that a new USDA Forest Service Study predicts that "over the next 50 years, changes in land ownership, urbanization and other factors will contribute to a decrease of some 23 million acres of forest land. This decrease equates to a land area equal to that of South Carolina."
SFPA's Eric Gee, director of forest resources, sees a positive perspective involving the application of more raised wood floor structures. "When it comes to building new homes in sprawling urban areas, raised floor construction plays a role in protecting forests by creating the opportunity to revive and expand neighborhoods without displacing trees and their many inherent benefits," he said.
The Forest Service "is poised to respond to the implications of the findings in the summary report," according to Forest Service Southern Regional Forester Liz Agpaoa, "The summary report clearly demonstrates the urgent need for developing a collaborative strategy to conserve and restore southern forests. A healthy and prosperous America relies on the health of our natural resources, and particularly our forests."
Read the full press release from the USDA Forest Service HERE