Bob Johnston, executive director of the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF), and John Carpenter, president of Caterpillar and TFF chairman, discuss the non-profit group's role in sustaining the world's forests.

The interview took place during a break in the action at the 2012 National Hardwood Lumber Association convention Sept. 12-15 in Chicago.

The TFF is an international educational institution that advances environmental stewardship, economic prosperity and social responsibility through sustainable forest management. TFF works closely with industry, government, and academia, as well as the research and conservation communities to improve tropical forest management and increase the economic value of these forests for those who depend upon its bounty for their livelihood.

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