To optimize forest carbon benefits, policy should focus on carbon impacts and avoid requirements that impose new regulations on the co-benefits forests provide.
WHY WE SUPPORT THIS POLICY POSITION:
Working forests are geographically diverse and provide a wide range of valuable co-benefits like clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and jobs. Nationwide one-size-fits-all approaches that place requirements on these co-benefits are ineffective and should not interfere with the ultimate goal of climate change legislation: reducing atmospheric carbon.
NAFO supports fully funding programs that advance the contributions of forests and forest products in climate policy like the USDA Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) Program. The technical information provided from these programs is critical to sound climate policy and legislation.
WHY WE SUPPORT THIS POSITION:
On-the-ground measurements are more accurate and effective than imagery or modeling. Using the FIA program eliminates any bias and offers the most robust nationwide solution to accurately measure carbon in forests and forest products.
NAFO supports policies that promote healthy and resilient forests. Healthy forests are less susceptible to threats such as pests and wildfire, and they can better adapt to a changing climate.
Climate change is already impacting our forests regardless of property lines and ownership classes. When public or private forest are unhealthy, they affect their neighbors. Active management at a landscape scale improves resilience as our climate changes and introduces new stresses on our forestland.