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It just got harder to see forest through the trees

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Did you know the world has more than 3 trillion trees? No, I didn’t count them. But a new Yale University study did, using a combination of satellite imagery, forest inventories and supercomputer technologies to map tree populations worldwide at the square-kilometer level.

The estimate is about seven-and-a-half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46 percent since the start of civilization, according to the study, published in the journal Nature.

“Trees are among the most prominent and critical organisms on Earth, yet we are only recently beginning to comprehend their global extent and distribution,” Thomas Crowther, a post-doctorate fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and lead author of the study, said in a statement.

“They store huge amounts of carbon, are essential for the cycling of nutrients, for water and air quality, and for countless human services. Yet to ask people to estimate, within an order of magnitude, how many trees there are and they don’t know where to begin. I don’t know what I would have guessed, but I was certainly surprised to find that we were talking about trillions.”

In other news …

Grizzly Industrial is closing its facility in Muncy, Pa., and moving distribution operations to its recently expanded facility in Springfield, Mo., according a recent company announcement.

The move will allow Grizzly to consolidate central and East Coast shipping into one facility.

“With continued explosive growth in our internet business, consolidation of our distribution center is essential to keeping up with the trends in the economy,” Grizzly founder and CEO Shiraz Balolia said in a statement. “We have been in the Williamsport area since 1987 and have seen our expenses such as trucking for containers quadruple over the years. Being far from a metropolis adds many expenses that are no longer feasible for a remote location.”

The last day of shipping and retail operations in Muncy will be Oct. 31. For information, visit

The Cabinet Makers Association re-elected its full slate of officers through 2016.

Matt Krig of Northland Woodworks, a cabinet shop in Blaine, Minn., returns as president. Also re-elected were vice president Keith Kreppein of Olde Saratoga Millwork (South Glen Falls, N.Y.); secretary David Buchsbaum of Beacon Custom Woodwork (Atlanta), and treasurer Scott Comstock of Woodperfect Custom Cabinetry (Forney, Texas).

New officers include director Keith Smith of Keith Smith Custom Builders (Greer, S.C.), and directors at large Mike Mitchell of Burger Boat (Manitowoc, Wis.), and Leland Thomasset of Taghkanic Woodworking (Pawling, N.Y.).

Completing his term and exiting the board of directors is Tracy Yarborough of Maple River Woodworks (Coward, S.C.).

This article originally appeared in the October 2015 issue.

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