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The Landing: where data and forests meet.

I don't know about you, but the end of 2020 has seemed to drag on. Maybe I can blame it on my increased news consumption this year and working mostly from home every day during the last nine months. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly impacted the forest products industry.

Mills and other forest product industries have closed or reduced operations considerably, leaving thousands out of work. Another year of devastating wildfires in western North America has impacted the health of forests and the communities that rely on them.

Despite the many challenges, several promising trends emerged from 2020. An increase interest in tree planting through the Trillion Trees Initiative has put trees and forest in the focus of international discussions. More recognition of the use of wood as a building material has gained more momentum. As a result, there has been more attention to mass timber buildings and technologies like cross laminated timber. While the forestry industry will continue to have challenges in 2021, I'm optimistic we'll tackle them head-on.

Wishing you the best in the new year.

Matt Russell 

GRAPH OF THE MONTH
Employment and compensation is an essential tool to understanding the forest products sector. This was made apparent in recent COVID and economic stimulus in the US that include direct relief for loggers and forest products truckers. Learn more about the approximately 1.2 million people that are directly employed across forest products sectors.
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In 2020, 29 new posts were published to the Arbor Custom Analytics blog on topics relating to data and forest products. Here are the most read posts from the blog in 2020.

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How far does the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree travel to get to New York City? Read Matt's post in Towards Data Science that finds out.
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Do forests have the capacity for one trillion extra trees? Read Matt's article in Significance magazine that dives into forest inventory data to find out.
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