|Q:||If timber harvesting doesn’t threaten U.S. forests, what does?|
|A:||The single largest threat to the future of our nation’s forest resource is urban sprawl. In the Adirondacks, second-home development is the bigger issue. Once a forest is removed for residential or commercial development, it’s likely never going to be forest again.
Forest owners today are facing unprecedented challenges in keeping their land as forested open space. Most forest owners are private families —many of whom have owned their forest for generations. Unfortunately rising property taxes and commercial opportunities create pressure on these landowners to sell or develop, even though they would much prefer to keep their lands as forested open space. We are working hard to help landowners manage their lands sustainably and generate enough revenue from responsible timber harvesting, recreational leasing programs and other environmentally sound activities to keep their forests as forests.