This week a proposal to save some Washington State forests for carbon storage is good news for the planet and serves as a follow up on a recent City Highlights, Planet Passion issue highlighting how true forests, not replanted tree farms, make a difference in reducing climate change.
“So-called proforestation is the leading edge of new science that finds intentionally leaving forests to grow bigger helps blunt the worst effects of the climate catastrophe. Of course, fossil fuel emissions must also be drastically reduced. Nothing we currently know of works better than allowing trees to suck carbon from the atmosphere when they are living, and store it in their branches, roots, and the forest soil for centuries after their death. Trees — especially mature forests — are the cheapest, fastest, most reliable form of carbon storage.”