Where do trees for making
paper come from?
Most trees used for paper come
from forests called managed timberlands.
Even though the trees in these timberlands may look
like "woods," they are an agricultural
crop - like vegetables on a farm. The trees are
grown to be made into products for human use. Not
using paper in order to save trees is like not eating
salad in order to "save" vegetables.
In fact, many forests might
not exist in the first place if trees weren't planted
and harvested by industry. It takes from 10 - 20
years for trees to grow until they are large enough
for harvesting. During that time, those trees are
part of a community of plants and animals, and their
environment space is known as an ecosystem.
Trees provide a place to live (or habitat)
for many species of plants and animals, and they
add oxygen to the earth's atmosphere.