“The absolute priority is to stop the hemorrhaging of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,” Talberth said. Protecting the Northwest’s carbon-rich coastal forests could be a down payment on that work. (John Talberth, FCC co-director, quoted, Feb 14th, 2020, Bitterroot Magazine)
Slowly we are starting to see the media cover the important link between forestry, carbon storage in the ecosystem, and climate change. A recent article published on February 14, 2020, in Bitterroot Magazine covers the PNW’s forest potential to slow climate change.
Key take away quotes from the article:
“William Moomaw, a professor emeritus at Tufts University and lead author on five reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has said preserving existing mature forests does more to slow global warming than planting young trees. Old forests are better at sequestering carbon — not just in their trunks, but in the soil, as well. Plus, they are more diverse biologically, help control flooding, and can be more resilient to forest fires. ”
“A growing body of research suggests preserving these forests may be needed to stem the worst effects of climate change. Keeping Northwest and Northern Rockies forests pristine would sequester the same amount of carbon dioxide that is released in eight years of fossil fuel burning in the lower 48 states, according to a recent estimate by scientists from Oregon State University.”
The article highlights that the Trump administration is calling for more logging on federal land, and points out that from 2000 to 2018 the U.S. lost 94 million acres of tree cover and that logging, according to Global Forest Watch, has expelled more than 10.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide. The article in Bitterroot Magazine provides a welcomed overview of how we can embrace our forests and allies in the climate crisis and that they not only store carbon put provide a host of invaluable ecosystem services to society.
Link here to the full article