Why Forest Management And Wood Products Are Climate Solutions


In this enlightening video, we delve into the vital role both old and young forests play in combating climate change. While old-growth forests are renowned for their carbon storage capabilities, young, rapidly growing forests play an equally crucial role in carbon sequestration. This video explores why a healthy balance of old and young forests is essential for our planet's wellbeing.

We're facing a significant challenge: Over 5 million acres of mature and old growth forest on federally-owned land have been lost since 2000, largely due to wildfire, insects, and disease. This loss is equivalent to the entire state of New Jersey! Our video explains how sustainable forest management, including the renewable cycle of harvest and replanting, is key to maintaining and enhancing carbon stocks.

Did you know? Half the dry weight of wood is carbon, making sustainably harvested wood products an excellent way to store carbon. Moreover, using wood as a building material, as opposed to steel or concrete, reduces our fossil fuel consumption significantly.

However, many of our Western forests are currently out of balance, leading to increased emissions from wildfires. This video highlights the urgent need for sustainable forest management to prevent these forests from becoming net sources of carbon and other greenhouse gases.

Join us in exploring how actively managing our public lands and using carbon-friendly wood can be pivotal in achieving healthier, more resilient forests, sustainable buildings, and ultimately, a cooler planet.


We the Forest transforms forest management through storytelling. Our approach helps forestry professionals who want to build support for responsible forest management by sharing enlightening perspectives and helping forest stakeholders find common ground. 

We are dedicated to building common ground on the many sides of the timber production conversation, showing sustainable forest-first practices can provide solutions for catastrophic wildfire prevention, bug and disease reduction, climate change mitigation, and resource stewardship.

Ensuring our forests are around for years to come is something that should be our utmost priority. Through education like this, we can come together to understand the importance of restoration and collaboration to protect our forests from catastrophic wildfire, and create a more sustainable reality. 

Transforming forest management through storytelling.

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