Everyday Science: Timber Quiz
by Staff
When European settlers arrived in North America in the 1600s, they found vast forests stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. Nearly 40 percent of the land north of Mexico lay beneath tree cover. So how much has changed?

How much of the planet is forestland?

  • 30 percent
  • 15 percent
  • 44 percent

Which of the below is considered to be a hardwood?

  • Redwood
  • Maple
  • Douglas Fir

Which of the below accounts for the most timber consumption in the United States?

  • Wood-based composites
  • Pulp and paper products
  • Lumber

What are the odds that a full-time logger will be killed on the job?

  • 1 in 1,000
  • 1 in 500
  • 1 in 10,000

How much government-owned public forestland exists in the United States?

  • About 76.5 million acres
  • About 300 million acres
  • About 50 million acres

Globally, the forest industry employs how many people?

  • 20 million
  • 13 million
  • 5 million

Since 1930, what insect has defoliated more than 80 million acres of forests in the Eastern United States?

  • Hemlock wooly adelgid
  • Gypsy moth
  • Cicada

What percentage of the world’s forests are designated for conservation?

  • 11 percent
  • 22 percent
  • 5 percent

Which of the below criteria does NOT necessitate Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification?

  • Fair and legal cooperation with indigenous societies
  • State park regulation
  • Promotion of biodiversity

What is "afforestation"?

  • A governmental act to plant a new tree for each one removed from a government-run forest
  • The act of planting new trees in a space that was never home to any previous forest
  • Replanting trees in the world’s rainforests