Climate change is disrupting our lives and economy. There will be more floods, fires, hurricanes, droughts, crop failures, and conflict. Displaced people will increasingly crowd borders around the world. We can build resilience and readiness through policy and market-based incentives that deliver sustainability and equity.
Continued deforestation will limit the future of humanity by ruining the planet, whether through changes in climate, biodiversity loss, despoiled water supplies, and even setting loose diseases in every part of the world. Uncontrolled logging and land use change continue to drive or facilitate these harms. Forestry can be a solution. We focus on the policy and market incentives that spread the science of sustainable forestry to protect nature, mitigate climate change, and serve society.
Poor and marginalized communities in the U.S. and around the world are disproportionately affected by climate change, deforestation, and unsustainable management of natural resources. In disappearing mill towns, rural communities scorched by wildfires, coastal areas inundated by regular flooding and rising tides, and urban areas choked by smog and particulate pollution, addressing social and environmental justice is a key part of the conservation challenge.
Forests can be harvested like a crop but their full value cannot be measured in board feet per acre. A healthy forest provides carbon sequestration, water filtration and management, habitat for abundant species, reservoirs for future biomedical breakthroughs, recreational opportunities, and much more. Thinking holistically about ecosystems, we advance solutions that balance conservation and development while protecting biodiversity.
Carbon emissions are a significant driver of global climate change. Forests sequester carbon: a natural solution to climate change. Could existing forests sequester more carbon – while being healthier ecosystems and more profitable? What policy and market incentives are necessary to achieve this?
Land management law and policy underpinning conservation would be ineffective without knowledge of the land. As a surveyor George Washington knew this. So did Gifford Pinchot, who dispatched the rangers and surveyors to establish boundaries, evaluate resources, and investigate forested areas of the West to make possible the establishment of 122 million acres of National Forest.