Climate smart practices must follow the science

By Robert Perschel, New England Forestry Foundation
The Greenfield Recorder
July 8, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

Massachusetts uses 359 million cubic feet of wood each year. We import 98% of this wood, leaving it to others to sort out the climate and ecological impact. It is time to pull our heads out of the sand and ask how wood can truly fit into an effective climate plan for the state (“Healey initiative hurts forests,” Recorder, July 5). Here are some startling facts. The entire infrastructure of New York City is replicated globally every 30 days as populations grow and become more affluent. To make matters worse… our reliance on carbon-intensive steel, concrete, and plastics have risen dramatically. We need to do our best to reduce our consumption, but we also need to choose climate smart materials — renewable, bio-based, and recyclable — like wood. …If we follow the science, we can truly have it all — healthy forests, sustainable buildings, and a stable climate.

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