Presentation on Elwha Legacy Forests — April 24

Contact: (831)818-0265

What is a Legacy Forest? -by Elizabeth Dunne, Earth Law Center

They are naturally regenerated 2nd growth forests and aren’t monoculture plantation forests, generally last harvested prior to 1945. They contain large-diameter trees, complex forest canopies and understories, biodiversity, and old forest characteristics, including snags and large wood on the forest floor.

These critical resources are only a small fraction (~3-5%) of the total state trust land forests that are available for timber harvests.

Conserving mature and old-growth forests is one of the most affordable and effective tools for fighting climate change. No human-made technology can match big trees for removing and storing climate pollution. If they are logged, most of that pollution is quickly released into the atmosphere and it takes decades or centuries for younger trees to recapture it.

We have lost most of our mature and old-growth forests across the country due to past logging. This is a serious problem because healthy mature and old-growth forests provide drinking water to communities, protect fish and wildlife, and absorb and store vast amounts of climate pollution. To protect what we have left and recover what has been lost, it is critical that we protect both mature and old-growth forests.

%d bloggers like this: