A supporting technical document for the 1993 Update of the 1989 RPA Assessment

An understanding of U.S. forests in a global context facilitates discussion and understanding of global forestry issues such as deforestation. This report summarizes world forest resource data as of 1990, and describes patterns of forest use. Forest resource conditions and use in the United States are compared to global data. Global forestry issues for developed and developing countries are discussed, and two issues specific to the United States are examined. The first is whether U.S. forest policies cause environmental problems in other countries. The second is consideration of the elements of U.S. experience with forests that can be transferred to benefit other countries, especially developing countries.

Highlights include the following:

Brooks, David J. 1993. U.S. forests in a global context. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM­228. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 24 p.