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Washington Square Park Benches May Deplete Rainforest

Epoch Times: Since the 1960s, much of the wood used for the city's park benches, boardwalks, and piers has come from the Amazon rainforest. A tropical hardwood called ipe is particularly popular for its outdoor durability. To access the ipe trees scattered throughout the rainforest, however, foresters must raze large tracts of land. "Logging of tropical forests to supply timber and pulpwood has contributed to deforestation at a rate of 0.2 percent a year. ... This deforestation accounts for approximately 20...