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Ann Nyambura

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Phys.org

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Protecting big trees for wildlife also benefits climate

Large trees offer major solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis that are needed now. As President Biden calls for protecting mature and old growth trees on Federal lands, the study describes synergies between protecting these disproportionately valuable large trees and forest resilience goals, providing common solutions for these urgent challenges.
An earlier analysis found that large trees protected by the "21-inch rule" account for just 3% of total stems in the affected forests but hold 42% of the total aboveground carbon. The justification for weakening the screens-competition between large trees, is not supported by the new analysis. Large-scale cutting of even some of the existing big trees would eliminate these carbon stores while releasing vast amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere when we need to have greater sequestration by natural systems to stabilize Earth's climate.
Interest is growing in policy opportunities that align biodiversity conservation and recovery with climate change mitigation and adaptation priorities. The authors conclude that "21-inch rule" provides an excellent example of such a policy initiated for wildlife and habitat protection that has also provided significant climate mitigation values across extensive forests of the PNW Region.
These are public lands that are providing a natural climate solution and performing multiple additional services at no cost. We suggest policy to keep existing forest carbon stores out of the atmosphere and accumulate additional amounts while protecting habitat and biodiversity.
There is no action required from us but to leave these large trees standing so they can continue to store and accumulate carbon for climate mitigation and provide critical habitat.

Protecting big trees for wildlife also benefits climate, says study

Large trees offer major solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis that are needed now. As President Biden calls for protecting mature and old growth trees on Federal lands, the study describes synergies between protecting these disproportionately valuable large trees and forest resilience goals, providing common solutions for these urgent challenges.

https://phys.org/news/2023-04-big-trees-wildlife-benefits-climate.html




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  • We Don't Have Time

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    Dear Ann Nyambura Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to Phys.org and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

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    • George Kariuki

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      I agree. It's our duty to protect trees.

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      • mercy nduta

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        Sure,big trees offer major solutions to the climate and biodiversity.

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        • Saustine Lusanzu

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          I second that

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          • Daniel Waweru

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            This is true

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            • walter lungayi

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              I totally agree with you

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