In the U.S. alone, forests are part of a vast green infrastructure that creates 2.4 million jobs, generates $87 billion in payroll, $223 billion in sales and adds $102 billion to GDP. This includes harvesting trees for paper and timber products, and using forests for sport and recreation.
Their environmental impact is also immense. Forests offset CO2 emissions by 12 percent and are the source of more than half of our drinking water supply. They also provide critical wildlife habitat.
This world record attempt was sponsored by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI). We work to bring environmental, social and economic interest together to conserve healthy forests for future generations while supporting the people and communities who depend on them today. Forestland certified to the SFI Standard covers a quarter-billion acres across North America.