New Hampshire Climate Action Plan fails without forests

By Joe Short, president, Northern Forest Center
The Concord Monitor
February 15, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US East

As the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services creates the newest iteration of the state’s Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP), it must acknowledge and include the key role that New Hampshire forests and forest products play in reducing carbon emissions. Forest-based strategies are notably absent from the draft Priority Measures. The 2009 PCAP rightly recognized forestry and wood heat as strategies to combat climate change in ways that also deliver important benefits for the New Hampshire economy and rural communities. It will be a huge oversight if the updated version fails to do the same. A critical tool that is already substantially mitigating the state’s emissions is literally all around us. …One of those strategies is modern wood heat. …Another forest strategy for carbon reduction is substituting mass timber for steel and concrete in our built environment, which generates three significant climate benefits.

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