Forest loss in Estonia from 2001–2018

Forest loss in Estonia from 2001–2018

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‘In the 1990s, a lot was cut in private forests. During the Soviet era, Estonian forest cover grew, it was cut down a little, because the local forest guards managed to tell the central government that the forest is not growing much at all in Estonia. Instead, we got bigger land improvement projects than any other in the USSR, so that this forest would start growing one day.‘noppenjuhh

Trees per person

Trees per person

‘Fun fact: the Netherlands is the most deforested nation on earth, there are basically no old forests left, at all. Its former colony, Suriname, is the most forest covered nation in the world.

Along a similar line: the Dutch are on average the tallest people on earth, while the people of another former colony, Indonesia, are the on average the shortest’–Langernama

Forest cover map of the Maritime provinces

Forest cover map of the Maritime provinces

“I’m from Prince Edward Island and you can really see the difference between us and the rest of the Maritimes. In Nova Scotia and New Brunswick if you go outside of a city you’re basically going to be in/near a forest. On PEI if you find yourself lost in the “forest” you can walk 30 minutes in any direction and you’ll wind up on a farm or the shore. Whenever you cross the Confederation Bridge the difference in scenery is night and day”–Mitby

Areas of the World with over 30% Forest Cover

Areas of the World with over 30% Forest Cover

“There is now more forest cover in New England than anytime since the colonists burned down the forests to try to farm the land. The farming was tough, though. There were so many stones that they built walls with them on the edge of their properties. Once better land in Ohio opened many of these farms were abandoned and the forests grew back. So now when you walk through many of these forests you come across these stone walls that look so out of place. If you didn’t know this history you’d be baffled how they got there”–truthseeeker

Tree Cover Density and Human Settlements of south, east, and southeast Asia

Tree Cover Density and Human Settlements of south, east, and southeast Asia

“This is such a good one.

Look at Japan, how its almost entirely forested mountains, except the 3 huge urban areas where all the people live.

Compare with China which in the North is completely flat and unforested farmland with a more spread out population. The south of China is more forested and mountainous, which could reflect the cultural and linguistic differences between the more unified north and the diverse south”–Fummy