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In October 2020, the Trump administration finalized a Forest Service rule providing an exception to the roadless rule, a 2001 federal regulation enacted by the Clinton administration. and protects approximately 60 million acres of roadless areas nationally from road construction, road reconstruction, and logging. . Recognizing this exception, the Trump administration opened up 9.2 million acres of Tongass to development and logging. Tongass is the largest national forest in the United States and is one of our best natural tools in fighting global warming by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide, a process known as carbon sequestration. But it can help in fighting global warming only if we do not cut trees.
eco american Has joined other environmental groups In calling on the Biden administration to protect the Tongass National Forest as part of its commitment to fighting climate change. Protecting Tongas would be a low-effort, high-reward way to reduce our emissions as a nation.
Below are some fast facts about how forests work to stop global warming, and why Tongass is so important.
Forests, especially old forests, work to prevent global warming.
A third Humanity’s carbon emissions are absorbed by terrestrial ecosystems such as tundra, taiga, temperate deciduous forests, tropical rainforests, grasslands and deserts.
In college 27 percent The world’s carbon sinks are located in protected areas (such as national parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries).
Simply put, Tongass needs protection right now.
Tongass is responsible for storing millions of tons of carbon, 44 percent of all carbon Stored and absorbed by all forests in the National Forest System.
A lumber industry proposal to log old-growth trees in Tongas was studied and the conclusion was that the logging project would produce equivalent greenhouse gas emissions. 4 million new vehicles On the road for the next 100 years.
Environment America interns Ryan Harrison and Caitlin Clancy contributed to this fact sheet
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