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The Role of Forest Lands in Mitigating Climate Change

Craig Loehle from the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), and Grant Domke from the USDA-Forest Service led this webinar on the role of forests in mitigating climate change.

Craig Loehle spoke on Climate Change and Forest Growth. Long-term data available for tree growth enable retrospective analyses of the effects of changing environmental conditions on forest growth going back over 100 years. Craig discussed the different regional trends that were detected across the U.S. and Canada, from no apparent trend in the U.S. West to strong growth increases in coastal British Columbia.

Grant Domke spoke on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals from Forest Land in the U.S. As a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United States has been reporting an economy-wide inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals since the mid-1990s. Forest land, harvested wood products (HWPs), and urban trees within the land sector collectively represent the largest net carbon sink in the United States, offsetting more than 11 percent of total GHG emissions annually. Grant provided an overview of the status and trends of GHG emissions and removals from forest land, woodlands in the grassland category, HWPs, and urban trees in settlements in the United States from 1990 to 2018.

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