An interesting study released by Two Sides North America (as reported in Printing Impressions) talks about the misleading idea that "going paperless saves trees". One of the scenarios mentioned in the article:
In Minnesota, the closure of several paper and oriented strandboard mills has led to divestiture of large blocks of forest land long held by the Potlatch Corp. Several thousand acres of that land were recently cleared of trees and converted to intensive agriculture, including potato production.
People unfamiliar with the forest industry and reforesting in particular fail to totally understand the process. Here in the Pacific Northwest it is easy to find examples of areas that were "clear cut" several years ago now thriving with replanted forests.