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We know, usually, our Heroes of the Week are humans but hear us out: trees are serious climate heroes.
Fun fact: Giant sequoia forests and the related coast redwood forests store more carbon per acre than any other forest on Earth.
Our hero this week is the Stagg Tree which is a giant sequoia tree located in California’s 530-acre Alder Creek forest–and it needs your help! Last month Save the Redwoods League announced an opportunity to purchase Alder Creek, the largest remaining privately owned giant sequoia property in the world.
The acquisition cost of the Alder Creek property is $15.65 million, which must be raised by December 31, 2019. If you’re able to, please support the protection and restoration of Alder Creek and its ancient trees (donations can be made here).
If you don’t live in California, why should you care about giant sequoias? We asked Save the Redwoods League’s president and CEO Sam Hodder to break it down:
“Giant sequoia are the largest trees on Earth, taller than a 30-story building and wider than a two-lane street, and they only grow in 73 scattered groves on the western slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada. The protection of California’s big trees inspired America’s conservation movement when President Lincoln protected Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias during the Civil War in 1864.
Today, Save the Redwoods League and our supporters have the most consequential giant sequoia conservation opportunity our lifetimes….If we are successful, then by the end of this year, more than 98 percent of giant sequoia will be protected for our future.“
As the World Economic Forum recently wrote, miniature urban forests (often no bigger than a tennis court) planted using a method invented by a Japanese botanist in the 1970s are growing in popularity. Known as “Miyawaki” forests, these dense groups of trees are bursting with biodiversity and grow more quickly and absorb more CO2 than […]
By Julia Fine A new study published this month by Jennifer A. Devine et al. found that in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve, forests governed via community-based resource management are more resilient to narco-deforestation than state-run parks. As Fred Pearce reported in Yale Environment 360, the study calculated that up to 87% of the deforestation was […]
A new study published yesterday in the journal Science Advances found that in Indonesia, a country with bountiful but highly exploited natural resources, a national anti-poverty program also reduced deforestation as a side benefit.
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