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This guide offers information to help landowners understand and make the decision whether or not to enroll their land in carbon sequestration programs.
A Risk Assessment of Climate Change and the Impact of Forest Diseases projects the effects of eight forest diseases under two climate-change scenarios. Examples are used to describe how various types of forest diseases may respond to environmental changes with a focus on western forests.
Avoiding deforestation can avoid and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and is also an important conservation objective because forests are critical for biodiversity and healthy ecosystems
“Building Carbon in America’s Farms, Forests, and Grasslands: Foundations for a Policy Roadmap” offers new analysis to support long-term planning to enhance U.S. land management of carbon sinks to ensure healthy and productive landscapes contribute to greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Landscapes in the intermountain west are becoming increasingly warmer, drier, and fragmented. Additionally, naturally-occurring wildfires are increasingly suppressed, eliminating the health benefits of these events. Such patterns and others have reduced the resilience of forests and given way to insect pest and disease outbreaks. Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) in Bozeman, Montana, has documented these changing conditions and is supporting landowners in addressing forest threats. GVLT provides information and expertise to private landowners about how to treat and prevent further outbreaks. They also help landowners identify financial resources to support the work of forest management. In a changing climate, proactively addressing these issues helps vegetation communities remain resilient, enhancing the conservation values of private land.
“Climate Change, Carbon, and the Forests of the Northeast” serves as a science-based and practical guide for policymakers and elected officials who are charged with developing policies for overall carbon dioxide reductions. In addition, the report serves as a practical guide for management in the Northeast to support resilience and maximize carbon sequestration on forestlands.
Forest growth provides and important carbon sink. The efficient management of forests for carbon sequestration is closely related to sustainable and ecological forestry practices that use nature as a model.
Developed by the Forest Climate Working Group, this document serves as a “toolkit” for States that are looking for opportunities to reduce greenhouse gases, stimulate rural economies, and provide for environmental benefits, particularly those States that face significant carbon reduction targets under the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.
Forests are areas of land covered with trees or other woody vegetation. In the United States, EPA reports that forests occupy approximately 751 million acres – about one third of the country’s total land area. These forests provide many benefits and services, including recreation, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, carbon storage, and a variety of forest products.
Avoiding forest conversion and supporting restoration are relatively low-cost mitigation pathways that are ready to be put into practice on forestlands throughout the United States.