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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.

 
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