Please invest in Our Daily Planet today, by making a one time or monthly contribution.
We do not charge our readers a subscription fee for our content. We want to continue to grow our readership, particularly among millennials and public servants. Voluntary contributions from readers will help us employ interns and freelance journalists, expand our content, and reach a larger audience.
Trees are an integral component of storing carbon and fighting the effects of climate change–they’re one of our most effective tools. This is also why any plans to thin forests must be undertaken thoughtfully and not hastily. We also know that big, mature trees play an especially important part in fighting climate change through their unique carbon-storing potential. Any plans to clear these trees must proceed with the utmost diligence.
Finding a Compromise: As the East Oregonian explained, the U.S. Forest Service has had a long-standing provision that prevents the harvest of trees greater than 21 inches in diameter on six national forests in eastern Oregon and Washington.
The limitation on harvesting trees of that size was put in place 25 years ago under a land-management plan amendment known as the Eastside Screens.
But in the wake of record wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, forest managers are asking for a reconsideration of this rule. NOAA’s recent environmental assessment suggests that cutting down large trees would “better protect old trees and better provide for resilience of forest stands to future climate and disturbance stressors” like drought, wildfire and destructive insects.
The U.S. Forest Service is currently reviewing comments on the draft of their plan to try to accommodate concerns about carbon storage. The service is considering felling smaller trees and only cutting down large trees in extreme scenarios.
A team of scientists from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Birdlife International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) used satellite data to build a map of forests that have been regenerated around the globe since 2000 and determined that when added together it equals an area the size of France. Those new forests “have the […]
The state of California is already warning, that due to the 2-year ongoing drought, this year’s fire season could be worse than last. Overall, more than 6,390 square miles burned in 10,431 wildfires in California in 2020 — it was the largest wildfire season recorded in California’s modern history. Five of the state’s largest wildfires happened last year. […]
Corporations attempting to reduce their carbon footprint in the short run are restoring forests as a way of offsetting the carbon they release into the atmosphere. But some of these initiatives may be less effective than advertised. They are alleged to have inflated the amount of carbon saved from corporate ownership or claimed to protect land that was never under threat of logging.
Our Daily Planet is your daily dose of the stories shaping our world and the ways that you can take action. From the climate crisis to the protection of biodiversity, if these issues matter to you then please subscribe & stay informed!
Your privacy is Important! We promise never to use your email address to send you spam or advertisements.