30 Jun '16, 11am

On Independence Day and Canada Day, celebrate the forests that built our two great countries

On Independence Day and Canada Day, celebrate the forests that built our two great countries

Did you know that both the U.S. and Canada celebrate the founding of our countries around the same time every year? Canada Day is celebrated on July first, just before Independence Day is celebrated in the U.S. on July fourth. Both countries share a past in which forests played a critical role, beginning with the earliest settlers. Timber was used to make homes, protect livestock, establish towns, build ships and grow international trade. The production of ship masts, from white pine, for export was one of the first North American industries. Image by: USlumber2/CC BY-SA 3.0 In fact, the white pine has been called the tree that built America. Pine was also the major species of Canada’s lumber trade for decades, exported to build the canals and railways that connected cities and towns throughout North America. Today, in the U.S. almost 900,000 people work in the forest sect...

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