Our mature and old growth are some of our most powerful climate solutions. But these forests are still being logged when they should be set aside for carbon storage, wildlife habitat, and clean water.
We need the Biden administration to understand that forest defense is climate defense!
When we protect our older forests from logging, we both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure these forests continue to store vast amounts of carbon —a win-win climate change solution! Our intact forests also offer critical habitat for fish and wildlife, including the iconic Pacific Northwest Salmon. Healthy forests also provide drinking water and protect communities from flooding and landslides.
Please join us in calling on Gina McCarthy, the White House Climate Coordinator, and John Kerry, the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, to incorporate permanent protections for mature and old growth temperate rainforests as part of our nation’s strategy to address climate change.
Research has shown that the rate that trees take up carbon from the atmosphere is most powerful when trees pass 80 years of age. The Biden administration must take immediate executive action to establish permanent protections for mature and old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest and in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Forests are important for carbon storage, habitat, drinking water quality, and recreation.
Please contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Biden's climate team to encourage them to protect forests!