Tree Trivia - True or False?

Minnesota had more large trees in 1962 than it had in 1990.

Answer: False. In 1962, about 8 million trees had diameters greater than 19 inches; in 1990 about 20 million trees were 19 inches or more in diameter.

For each tree harvested each year in Minnesota, nearly 30 other trees die from natural causes such as insects, fire, age or disease.

Answer: True. Forest inventory figures show that for every tree harvested, 28 trees die naturally. The figures also indicate that those 29 trees that die or are harvested are "replaced" by 31 new trees.

Most of Minnesota's forestland is owned by forest products companies.

Answer: False. Forest products companies own only 5 percent of forestland. Private nonindustrial owners hold 43 percent and public agencies (federal, state, county and municipal governments) own 52 percent of forestland.

Total forestland in Minnesota accounts for about one-third of the state's land area.

Answer: True. Forests cover about 16.7 million acres of state land. About 80 percent of this area is maintained for multiple use, such as for recreation, wildlife habitat and timber management.


The amount of wood products that each person in the U.S. uses has declined as more metals, plastics and cement are used.

Answer: False. Our per capital consumption of wood has risen more than 31 percent in the last 20 years.