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The loss of land is a major threat to birds native to certain areas. Forests are constantly being cut down and eliminated so the land can be used for development, roadways and utilities. Millions of acres are disappearing, which means the habitat of wildlife including birds. Nearly 60 percent of the 740 million acres of forested land is held by private non-industrial and small landowners. These people make the decisions on how to use our the forests, which leaves bird habitats in danger of elimination. The National Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy have programs that identify and bring attention to areas that are important to species of birds and their survival. Protecting and taking care of large pieces of land is a major step in saving bird habitats.