One of the most ambitious items on President Biden’s recently released climate agenda is to conserve at least 30% of the nation’s land and waters by 2030, a goal that reflects the administration’s commitment to conservation and reforestation.
It can be easy to overlook or take for granted the impact that forests have, but they are one of the planet’s most vital natural resources. The environmental benefits that forests provide to humanity are nearly incalculable, but suffice it to say that life as we know it would be impossible without our forest lands.
Forest lands process carbon dioxide and turn it into breathable oxygen, which both provides air for us to breathe and reduces the amount of CO2 contributing to the greenhouse gas effect and planetary warming. Trees also help fight flooding and soil erosion and purify air, water, and soil, all of which contribute to a healthier environment. Of course, forests have economic and commercial value as well. Timber has been an important commodity for centuries, used for fuel, construction, and the production of paper and certain textiles. There is often a tension between the desires to maximize forests’ economic utility and to preserve forest lands and their role in a healthy environment.
The analysis found that there are approximately 16 million acres of forest land in Virginia, or about 63% of all Virginia land. Each year, Virginia manages a 2.48 net growth-to-removals ratio of forest trees. Out of the 39 states with complete data, Virginia is experiencing the 5th most forest growth. This data is something to think about as forest pertains to the environment and the price of timber products increase.
For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, you can find the original report on CLIQ’s website: https://www.cliqproducts.com/blogs/news/states-experiencing-the-most-forest-growth