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Published on : Jan 13, 2014

This world is becoming a single market place. It has interdependent systems, consumers responding to various conditions and queries, and consumption of goods and services in the best of interest, and therefore, we no longer require or compete in a local economy. 

We have moved quite ahead of the global financial crisis situation that happened in 2007, and look forward to the future with great opportunities that lay in the forest products industry. 

According to The Director of Engineering at Google, the law of accelerating returns – which suggests that technology is moving faster than what one can grasp. The advancement and shifting demographic patterns observed in the field of technology will essentially shape our economic outlook towards life. 

Some of the recent reports say that the global economy is rapidly growing populations in the outskirts of the United States. The global population will increase to 8.3 billion by 2030, whereby, the sixty percent of the world’s population will reside in the urban areas. This will cause a 17 percent increase in the urbanization within the United States leaving 172 percent of growth in the developing countries amongst the middle class of the population. 

The Global Trends 2030 report stated that the rapid urbanization in this emerging world that witnesses the office space, urban construction for proper housing and transport services over the next 40 years could approximate to the overall volume consumer for construction to this day. 

This could affect the forest products industry in terms of harvesting saw logs for commercial as well as traditional commodity products, in the growth of certified wood and cellulose bio-energy that is used for wood fiber. 

Currently, the United States has around 400 million acres of timberland across ownerships present in the States that is need of restoration.  

In the field of forest products industry, restoration typically means elimination of excessive forest biomass. The process of sustaining and retaining primary as well as secondary wood manufacturing, creating high-value, market based outlets for surplus forest biomass, pulp and paper production is extremely significant to the prosperity of accelerated forest restoration in the developing global markets for wood established products.   

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in its report that the most serious issue related to the health of forests in the interior products is the excess-accumulation of vegetation which has affected an increasing number of uncontrollable and catastrophically destructive wildfires in the industry. 

GAO also noted that about $69 billion is needed over the next 16 years. In addition, the U.S. Forest Service is managing an average of $300 million annually for all the hazardous fuel treatments. 

All these reports have initiated the development of the National Fire Plan in 2001 that is suggested to be $850 million per annum. This much amount would be sufficient to address the problem. However, this current model would simply not restore the forests and meet the global demands. 

The Congress is unwilling to cut a $69 billion check until it does not see any substantial assurances in harvest levels for sustainable, economical, and ecological lifestyle. 

Also, the well-to-do forests in the United States have earned the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the Forest Stewardship Council or the American Tree Farm stamp of approval. This demonstrates the harvest levels of a more sustainable future with bio-diversity being conserved and wildlife and water-quality habitats being protected. 

Nevertheless, the biggest challenge in the field of interior products is meeting the needs for solid wood products and finding high-volume uses for forest biomass and other forest products industry in day-t0-day life. 

There is very less evidence, rather hope in the field of technological advancements. It may shift the demographic patterns that may affect the shape of the economic and social conditions over the next few decades.