The meaning of changing environment: sector issues and opportunities – Forest products
As the world’s population grows larger and wealthier, pressure will increase on forest resources for sustainable building materials, furniture, paper, and energy.
A significant factor affecting the industry will be the rate and magnitude of climate change, and how these changes influence the adoption of new technologies and resulting product mix. Development pressure reduces the land base available for Maine’s natural resource industries, limiting their ability to expand and adapt. Development also reduces carbon stored on the landscape in forests, wetlands, and other ecosystems, adding to greenhouse gas emissions.