One of the greatest threats to the health of our planet is climate change. Our nationís forests, are a critical piece to fighting this serious threat. Around the world, forest ecosystems, sequester about a quarter of all carbon pollution that contributes to climate change.
In the United States, forests and forest products capture and store 12% of our carbon emissions, an amount that could grow up to 20% with better management practices, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It's clear that forests should be a strong component of any national climate change strategy.
AFF supports climate change policies that encourage long-term sustainable management of family forests for carbon storage and other environmental, economic, and social benefits. Climate change policies should allow both market and non-market opportunities for working family forests to contribute to emissions reductions through carbon capture and storage.
These policies should give appropriate consideration to the benefits of emissions reductions resulting from forest products and renewable energy produced from sustainably managed forests. Climate change policies should also help family forest owners mitigate the impacts of climate change on their forests.
The American Forest Foundation is working with partner organizations in the Forest Climate Working Group to establish solutions and recommendations for forests in a changing climate.
- Senator Merkley and Representative Welch led their colleagues in a letter encouraging the President to incorporate forests in an overall climate change solution.
- The AFF-led Forest Climate Working Group provided forest policy recommendations in response to the President's Climate Action Plan. The group is working to further develop these recommendations.