This public matching fund will pay the value of timber cuts on state properties. The Fund will also pay landowners with ten-year forestry management plans the expected timbering revenue not to cut down trees. Letting forests grow old captures more carbon than planting trees and benefits our quality of life. With more green and less erosion, sedimentation, and harmful algal blooms from runoff, research indicates we can slow sea level rise by as much as twenty-five percent.
Meanwhile, with Massachusetts stepping up carbon drawdown and storage, meeting the UN goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 becomes more doable, with standing trees maturing into old-growth forests enhancing wildlife values.
For more information:
“Saving Forests with Carbon Offset Rewards for Not Cutting, Let Forests Grow Old.” E The Environmental Magazine, March 14, 2023.
“Speak for the trees: President Biden should protect public forests.” Illuminem, December 18, 2022.
“How We Created the Hottest Global Average Temperature Day and What to Do About It.” The Eden Magazine, September 2023.