Rethinking American Forests
Federal forests today are part of the problem, but they don't need to be.
Unmanaged forests are unhealthy forests, susceptible to insect infestation, disease and devastating fires that release huge amounts of harmful C02 into the air—contributing to global warming. Changing public policy can make our forests part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Forests greatly contribute to global warming when they are not healthy. Well-meaning but misguided federal policies have dominated forest management in the U.S., turning federal forests into a significant global-warming contributor.
With history as a guide and modern science as a tool, we now know how to manage forests responsibly to ensure healthy trees and healthy habitats. Today, foresters have the science expertise and technologies to restore federal forests to a more natural healthy condition that can make a real impact against global warming.
Wood is a 100% renewable and recyclable resource. Sound forest management practices enable balanced production of this renewable resource and generation of environmentally-friendly building materials and consumer products. Wood—whether live or manufactured—stores carbon, reducing its presence in the atmosphere.
The forest industry has reduced its climate-change footprint substantially over the past three decades. Since 1972, it has reduced its average total energy usage by 30 percent. Few other industries can claim such improvements.
Modern forest management policies make a difference. They cut greenhouse gases, create more oxygen and…
- Restore unhealthy forests.
- Regenerate habitat.
- Create climate-friendly products.
- Provide a bio-energy alternative.