Our nation’s old forests, especially old growth forests in the Tongass National Forest and forests of the Pacific Northwest, are an incredibly important climate solution. These temperate rainforests rival tropical rainforests in terms of the amount of carbon they store per acre, but they are still being logged when they should be protected for carbon storage, wildlife habitat, and clean water.
We need the US Department of Agriculture to protect our last remaining mature and old growth forests!
When we protect our 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! In Oregon our intact forests also offer unique and critical habitat for at risk fish and wildlife, including the marbled murrelet, salmon, and the spotted owl. 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.
Take action to call on the US Department of Agriculture to incorporate permanent protections for mature and old growth forests, especially the temperate rainforests of the Tongass and Pacific Northwest, as part of our nation’s strategy to address climate change.
For the wild,
Climate Forest Policy Coordinator