* In the United States, 90-95% of the original or OLD GROWTH forest is gone

(old growth forest: forest with a high percentage of trees over 200 years old, and typically provides the highest quality lumber)

* 46% of the world was once covered by forest

-Now roughly 23% of the world (or 1/2 of the original forest coverage) is covered by any forest, and the other half has been replaced by cropland, ranching and development (Chiras, Daniel; Environmental Science: Action for a Sustainable Future)