Southern forests are integral to local and national economies. Forests provide many ecosystem services that have monetary value in the marketplace, such as flood protection, food and fiber production, air filtration, water purification, and education. Therefore, conserving our forest ecosystems is invaluable in maintaining a thriving American economy.
Additionally, forest ecosystems provide many local jobs in fields such as forestry, park and wildlife area management, recreation, and education. These jobs are invaluable to our economy and the costs of losing our forests and subsequently losing these job opportunities would be hugely harmful to American business.
Lastly, our forests sequester carbon, which helps mitigate climate change. Our Carbon Canopy project seeks to put a price on this service and create a market for it. The costs of climate change greatly outweigh the simple task of protecting our forests, so let’s not let destructive industries get in the way of forests’ ecosystem services.
Forests support American business. Let’s support our forests.