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People and development will squeeze Southern forests

[ Louisiana ] Population growth and urbanization present the largest changes and potential challenges to Southern forests. And though the region has seen declining demand, production and price growth recently, it will be well stocked to meet future needs. Various scenarios showed urbanization and population growth leading to a loss of 20 million to 27 million acres of forest land use, coupled with low prices, lower forest density and a fragmentation of land ownership, Wear said. But while this would amount to less consistent and persistent overall growth, the Southern region should remain the largest timber producer in the world.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes





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