Reforestation in the U.S.: Trends and Implications

by Brooks Mendell and Amanda Lang, Forisk Consulting

Forisk’s study quantified reforestation trends in the U.S. over the past ten to twenty years and assessed the potential effects of the U.S. reforestation rates on timber availability and wood biomass supplies.

The decline in tree planting acreage in the South in recent years is partially due to a ten-year trend away from final harvesting/clearcuts and toward a higher percentage of thinnings and partial cuts in the South; fewer final harvest acres translates to fewer acres planted. Mendell’s study also concluded that the total timberland acres increased from 1987 to 2007, and that more softwood biomass is growing today than ever in the past ten to twenty years.

KEY FINDINGS: See FRA “Papers & Presentations” 11-P-13