Throughout the world, about 900 million trees are cut down annually. This equates to about 2.47 million trees cut down every day. These trees are used to make everything from lumber and paper to deodorant and food additives.
Trees are not only cut down to make wood byproducts, but they are also cut down to maintain the health of forests. Small trees that are more susceptible to drought, invasive species and disease are often removed to prevent the spread of these infestations to mature forests. These dried-out trees are also the perfect wildfire fuel and are often removed to prevent the spread of wildfires.