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US Forest Service Forecasts Trends and Challenges for Next 50 Years

January 8, 2013

US Forest Service Forecasts Trends and Challenges for Next 50 Years
Source: U.S. Forest Service

A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released today examines the ways expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could profoundly impact natural resources, including water supplies, nationwide during the next 50 years.

Significantly, the study shows the potential for significant loss of privately-owned forests to development and fragmentation, which could substantially reduce benefits from forests that the public now enjoys including clean water, wildlife habitat, forest products and others.

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