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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.“
Verra, a non-profit that sets the standards used to assess carbon reduction projects and certifies their effectiveness, announced that it has strengthened its forest preservation and restoration standard, updating it based on its ten years of experience in evaluating projects and on the latest science.
Why this Matters: We cannot hold warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius without nature-based solutions such as preserving existing forests and restoring others
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer For all the high-tech solutions proposed to draw carbon out of the atmosphere, the low-tech of the natural world can be just as effective. Planting trees falls into this category. So does farming kelp. As Maine Public Radio reports, Portland-based Running Tide Technologies is growing “massive amounts of seaweed” […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Palm trees are the iconic imagery of warm coastal cities like Los Angeles and Miami. In fact, in Miami, palms make up over 55% of the city’s total tree population. Yet climate change and rising global temperatures are forcing city leaders to rethink the prominence of the palm. Miami […]
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