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Running out of Hardwood?

The Short Answer is No! 

MFMA maple flooring is a renewable resource. Here are some details that you may find of interest:

  • There are 818 million acres of forests in the United States — over one-third of the nation.
  • Hardwoods have increased in every region of the United States. Every year, the forest industry, together with federal and state forest agencies, plants over 1.5 billion more trees.
  • Between 2010 and 2020, the US forests increased 0.03% annually, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  • There are approximately 500 million acres of private, state and tribal forests on which the Forest Service supports sustainable management.
  • The total volume of American hardwood forests has increased 119 percent since 1953.
  • Forest Statistics of the United States, 2002, shows that the U.S. grows 6 times more hardwoods than are harvested each year.
  • 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.
  • Although wood accounts for almost half of the total annual industrial raw material tonnage consumed in the United States, lumber and wood products manufacturing processes account for only about 4% of energy consumed by U.S. industrial raw material manufacturers.

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