By Emma Cane
Photo: Min. of Natural Resources
The United Nations has declared 2011 as “International Year of Forests” in hopes of raising global awareness of sustainable forest management, conservation and the living legacy to be passed on to future generations. But what does that mean to us?
Over 1/6 of the world depends on forests for their livelihoods. Whether its work in the timber industry, pulp and paper, non-timber forest products, agrofroestry, or value-added forest products such as reclaimed wood furniture and building materials; the World Bank estimates that 1.6 billion people rely on forests to put food on their tables and even to make their tables they’re eating on. Additionally, the World Bank reports that roughly 300 million people live in forests: their survival challenged by the ever growing encroachment of urban areas. However for many of us who live in urban areas, forest resources are something that we take for...