What's At Stake
Mature and old-growth forests are also known as “climate forests” because they offer natural climate solutions that remove and absorb large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere while providing vital refuges for many at-risk species and vulnerable wildlife.
The U.S. Forest Service has proposed a policy that could protect old-growth trees in national forests from most logging. But to achieve the Forest Service’s important goal, key improvements are necessary: To recover from our nation’s severe deficit of old growth, the policy should protect mature trees, which are our future old-growth forests and exist in much greater quantities than old –growth. The protections should end the commercial exchange of old-growth trees. And the protections should cover southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, which stores more carbon than any other national forest and is exempt from the proposed policy.
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