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5 truths companies should consider when using US forests as a natural climate solution

By Jad Daley, President & CEO, American Forests
February 5, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Jad Daley

The global momentum behind the vision to plant a trillion trees is fueling unprecedented interest in forests as a climate change solution. But this increased interest has brought increased scrutiny. Can forests capture enough carbon to make a meaningful contribution? Will we lose this stored carbon to wildfires? Does harvesting timber help or hurt our forest carbon sink? These five truths, grounded in science, can provide a common foundation for companies, the public and decision-makers to shape America’s efforts on forests and climate change.

  1. America’s forests are already delivering climate action
  2. Step one is to keep our existing forests as forests
  3. Planting trees = more forests to capture carbon
  4. Sometimes active forest management = more carbon gains
  5. Wood products store carbon and reduce emissions from manufacturing

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