letters | new england’s animals return

Reborn forests can help trap carbon

RESTORING DIVERSE wildlife habitats portends far greater possibilities than simply the re-introduction of wildlife in suburban areas (“These woods are lovely, dark, and back,” Page A1, Sept. 1). This extensive forest cover stores carbon that mitigates the effects of climate change while offering other important opportunities for New England.

By retaining and sustainably managing our renewed forests, we store carbon on the land and also can produce wood products like furniture, flooring, building, and shipping materials that are a superior substitute for fossil-fuel based products (think wood Adirondack chairs instead of plastic or wood beams instead of steel).

Over the next century our re-greened forest landscape can help us lead more sustainable lives and create a more sustainable regional economy. This will only happen if we don’t turn our forests into parking lots and if we bring sustainable forestry into practice with many more landowners.

R. Alec Giffen

Senior science
and policy fellow

The Clean Air Task Force

Chelsea, Maine