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Posted January 4, 2016

In terms of emissions, logging the Walbran makes no sense

If the BC government were serious about addressing climate change, it would protect old-growth forests

Focus Magazine, January 1, 2016

Here's a new article by the AFA's Ken Wu in Focus Magazine about the impacts of old-growth logging on climate change. In particular, it debunks the false notion that logging old-growth forests and replacing them with younger second-growth tree plantations benefits the climate. Scientific research shows that BC's coastal old-growth forests store two times more carbon per hectare than the ensuing second-growth tree plantations that they're being replaced with - and that the second-growth plantations are simply trying to re-sequester or re-absorb the carbon that is lost into the atmosphere after logging the original old-growth forests. However, it'll take 200 years to resequester the released old-growth carbon, which will never happen under the 30 to 80 year rotation ages in coastal BC when our second-growth stands are slated to be relogged. Thus, there is a major net release of carbon - about 50% - when converting old-growth forests into second-growth stands. You can read the article online at: http://focusonline.ca/?q=node/979


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