Despite Biden’s promises, logging poses major threat to Pacific Northwest forests

By Rochelle Gluzman, InvestigateWest
Crosscut
September 2, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On Earth Day this year, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at strengthening the nation’s forests, communities and local economies. Section 2 of the executive order recognizes the value of mature and old-growth forests as natural tools against climate change and the biodiversity crisis. …The order also directs the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to inventory these forests on federal lands and develop policies that conserve them as a linchpin of U.S. climate policy. By the time all that comes to fruition, however, many of these forests could be gone. Logging continues to pose a great and immediate threat to mature and old-growth forests, according to a new report “Worth More Standing” by the Climate Forests coalition. This initiative considers older forests and trees on federal lands “one of the country’s most straightforward, impactful and cost-effective climate solutions,” according to the coalition’s website.

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