Intact Forests in the United States: Proforestation Mitigates Climate Change and Serves the Greatest Good, published June 11, 2019
Key take away quote:
Existing proposals for “Natural Climate Solutions” do not consider explicitly the potential of proforestation (Griscom et al., 2017; Fargione et al., 2018). However, based on a growing body of scientific research, we conclude that protecting and stewarding intact diverse forests and practicing proforestation as a purposeful public policy on a large scale is a highly effective strategy for mitigating the dual crises in climate and biodiversity and ultimately serving the “greatest good” in the United States and the rest of the world. Table 1 summarizes some of the key literature supporting this point.
Key take away points:
A Small Fraction of U.S. Forests is Managed to Remain Intact
Proforestation Increases Biological Carbon Sequestration and Long-Term Storage in U.S. Forests
What is Proforestation?
Proforestation is the practice of purposefully growing an existing forest intact toward its full ecological potential. It is a nature-based solution whereby existing forests are protected as intact ecosystems to foster continuous growth for maximal carbon storage and ecological and structural complexity. In suitable forested regions, it is a powerful and immediate forest-based strategy that can address the global crises in climate and biodiversity.
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