The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) is dedicated to preserving and protecting America's forestlands, while providing the forest products critical to the nation's well-being. MFMA and its members are committed to providing the highest standards of quality available from America's forests.
The Lacey Act
A consortium of organizations recently released a stop motion video on YouTube that explains what the Lacey Act is and how it needs to be fully implemented for the illegal harvesting to stop.
Are we running out of hardwoods?
There are 737 million acres of forests in the U.S.,one-third of the nation.
Every year the forest industry, together with federal and state forest agencies, plants more than 1.5 billion trees.
Forest Statistics of the United States, 2002, shows that the U.S. grows six times more hardwoods than are harvested each year.
Hardwoods have increased in every region of the U.S.
Wood is the only natural resource on Earth that is at once renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and reusable. The energy required to grow our timber supply is free. It comes from the sun.
More than 1,750,000 Americans are employed in the forest products industry. Many millions more who are employed in the home construction, home furnishing, transportation and heavy equipment industries owe their jobs to this one basic industry that converts harvested timber to finished products.
* This information was provided by Evergreen Magazine and the National Hardwood Lumber Association's Forest Resource Fact Book.
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