Our Forests Can Make A Difference
Through sound management principles and practices, our forests could offset 1.6 billion tons of CO2 per year by 2025—equal to nearly 85 percent of all CO2 and NOx emitted by all vehicles in the U.S.
Fast-growing actively-managed forests significantly reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide and reducing wildfire risk while producing oxygen, wood products and clean energy. An intelligent strategy includes active management policies that will lead to healthier federal forests. Actively caring for forests provides a magnitude of benefits that our society needs:
- Ensures healthy trees and habitats
- Helps reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
- Increases carbon storage both in forests and in manufactured wood products
- Protects against wildfires, particularly unnaturally severe “mega” fires
- Increases natural oxygen release through the replanting of more trees
- Protects against insect infestation and disease
- Increases the availability of wood, which requires far less energy to produce than other materials such as concrete, plastic and steel
- Increases use of biofuels for energy
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.