In forestry, true impact means more than just planting seeds

By Chris Kallal, forester, founder and CEO of Wild + Pine
National Observer
June 12, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Chris Kallal

To mitigate the most disastrous effects of climate change, scientists estimate that up to 10 gigatons of atmospheric carbon will need to be removed annually by 2050. …While we must scale our efforts to harness nature to benefit our planet, people and wildlife, it’s not sufficient to simply plant trees. …organizations must consider the forested ecosystems as a whole. If we plant 100,000 trees in the wrong location and they either can’t survive or harm native species, did we accomplish anything? A recent study determined the carbon sequestration power of forests can be increased by 25 percent simply by carefully selecting species. …In 2011, I founded Wild + Pine to enhance the ecosystem restoration and nature-based solutions markets and help corporations reach their environmental and climate objectives by investing in legacy forest projects from seed to stewardship. When done right, nature is the most powerful tool we have to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss — let’s put it to work.

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