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Tell President Biden – U.S. Climate Strategy Must Protect Forests

Published February 15th, 2022 in Conservation, News, Outreach, UW Blogs

 

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 unique and critical habitat for at-risk fish and wildlife, including the (add regional examples — Ex: iconic Pacific Northwest Salmon). Healthy forests also filter water to keep our streams, rivers, and lakes clean and cold, and these same forests protect watersheds and communities from flooding and landslides. 

 

Please join us in calling on President Biden, Secretary Vilsack, and Secretary Haaland, to incorporate permanent protections for mature and old-growth temperate rainforests as part of our nation’s strategy to address climate change. 

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Sample email:

Dear President Biden, Secretary Vilsack, and Secretary Haaland  

Please ensure permanent protections for mature and old-growth forests on federal lands are a central component of our nation’s strategy to address the joint climate and extinction crises. Our older forests are still being logged at an alarming rate — this directly undermines the Biden administration’s efforts to address climate change and protect 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030. 

Taking administrative action to conserve older forests on the United States’ federal lands will represent a broad win for this Administration by mitigating and adapting to the current and future impacts of climate change, conserving habitat to counter the biodiversity crisis, and securing a wide range of co-benefits. Unfortunately, thus far the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have not produced credible proposals for combating climate change nationwide, or for conserving carbon-rich older forests and trees on the lands they manage. The administration should correct that error by protecting older forests and trees on public lands in the United States from logging.

In 2021, the Biden administration announced that it would halt large-scale old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest. While a critical protective step, additional action is urgently needed to both expand older forest and tree protections across the United States and to ensure that the protections are enduring for the benefit of this and future generations.

We strongly urge you to take administrative action to protect older forests and trees on public lands in the United States from logging and to ensure federal agencies work to recover these carbon-rich landscapes for their climate, biodiversity, and watershed benefits to our nation.

 Sincerely, 

___________

 

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