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March 3rd , 2004 - Forest Certification

Every year, each American uses the equivalent of a tree measuring 100 feet high high and 16 inches in diameter. That means in the United States we use almost 300 million trees a year to give us paper and shelter and furniture. Worldwide, 50 acres of forest land are cleared every minute. Today we discuss efforts to certify sustainable forestry practices that insure forests are planted and protected, not just cut down.

Join Jerry as we learn how forests are certified and how certified wood is turned into the products we use daily.

  • Ben Cashore, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Forest Policy, and Chair, Program on Forest Certification, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT
  • Richard Donavon, Director, Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood, Richmond, VT
  • Rebecca Butterfield, Program Director, TREES, Richmond, VT

For More Information:

  • Yale Program on Forest Certification
  • Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood Program