do people mean when they talk about a "sustainable"
forest? Does it mean cutting no trees at all? Are forest
practices the same everywhere? Are tree plantations
and genetically modified trees good alternatives to
are just a few of the questions we address through conversations
and publications in our Sustainable Forest Issues study.
You can download the Full
Study PDF, or read our webpages by clicking
on the links below.
Summary - A good overview.
55. How do you define sustainable forest management?
56. Are there acceptable methods to verify that
a forest is sustainably managed?
57. Are there enough forestlands meeting an
acceptable definition of "sustainably managed"
to supply the paper industry?
Q 58. What
are "old growth forests"?
59. Are old growth forests being cut
for paper use?
60. Should we not cut any trees at all?
Q 61. Should
we not cut any trees at all for papermaking?
62. What are the most significant impacts of
Q 63. Do
forest practices differ around the United States, annd
does that make impacts regional?
Q 64. How
much of all timber harvested goes into making paper?
65. What content standards are necessary
for a paper to be labled as "made from sustainably
Q 66. How
can paper manufacturers account for "sustainably
harvested fibers" if they buy market pulp?
Q 67. How
can a purchaser verify that a paper meets an expectation
that it is the end product of a sustainably managed
68. What are the benefits of using tree fibers
Q 69. Is
there an optimal amount of virgin tree fiber that should
go into paper to ensure high quality/optimal performance?
70. Are genetically engineered trees appropriate
71. What percentage of domestic pulp is from
genetically engineered trees?
72. What is the percentage of paper fiber coming
from natural forests vs. tree plantations?
73. Are tree plantations a viable alternative
to natural forests for pulp supply?
Brown, National Wildlife Federation
for doing such a great job of organizing and overseeing
the research and interviews
Smith, National Wildlife Federation
for helping with interviews and writing
for terrific website assistance
published October 8, 2004