In 2017, we conducted research in Washington and Oregon comparing FSC-managed forests to conventionally managed forests. Our results show that because trees in FSC-certified forests tend to grow older and larger, they produce comparable volumes of wood as traditionally managed forests but store 45 percent more carbon on average. What we found speaks volumes about the opportunity to create new ways of working and doing business in our forests. Conserving and restoring the integrity and function of forest ecosystems by conscientiously anticipating and responding to the potential — though often uncertain — impacts of our changing climate is smart forestry.


Brent Davies, David Diaz, Sara Loreno

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