Study: Owl timber cutbacks helping with carbon footprint in region
July 26th, 2011 - 5:31am
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - A new study finds that court-ordered
logging cutbacks to save spotted owls and salmon from extinction
have also helped the climate by storing more carbon.
Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State
University found that reducing timber production by more than 80
percent on national forests in western Washington, Oregon and
Northern California since 1994 turned those forests into a carbon
sink for the first time in decades.
Growing more and bigger trees to store carbon that would
otherwise contribute to greenhouse gas emissions is a strategy in
the effort to control global warming.
The study was published in the online edition of the journal
Forest Ecology and Management. It was funded by the U.S. Department
of Energy and the North American Carbon Program.
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