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New Book Recognizes Climate Impact of 'Forgotten Forests' in Our Backyards

November 18, 2010
Temperate Forests - book coverMore evidence is out that temperate rainforests like those in western Oregon, Washington and Alaska store more carbon per acre than tropical rainforests, according to a new book by more than 30 leading forest scientists from around the world.

"Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation," (Island Press, December 2010) shines the spotlight on these "forgotten forests."

"The scientists say 35 percent of the world's 250 million acres of temperate and boreal rainforests are found in North America. Those acres store roughly 196 gigatonnes of carbon, which is about six times the annual carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels burned worldwide, they note, citing data published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. In the United States, the top 10 national forests with the highest carbon storage can be found in western Oregon, Washington and Alaska, the scientists add." - Mail Tribune.

Dominick DellaSala, president and chief scientist at the Geos Institute in Ashland, is the editor and principal writer of the book. He told reporters in a conference call this month that his fellow scientists are working to ensure the Obama administration recognizes the important climate contributions of forests here at home in the United States.

"We're trying to get them to look at the endangered rainforests we have right in our back yard," said DellaSala who is also president of the North America section of the Society for Conservation Biology.

The scientists have a meeting scheduled with the administration in the near future to discuss their findings, he added. Read the full story in the Mail Tribune.



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