Once trees hit their maturity, their growth slows and therefore the
rate they sequester CO2 slows. At this point, we need to be cutting
more down, not less, and burying them in the ground, either as logs or
paper or whatever. Just growing forests is not enough, because old
trees fall over and rot and give up their carbon as CO2. We have to
bury them. Right?
There is a misconception that cutting down an old tree will result
in a net release of carbon. Yet wooden furniture made in the
Elizabethan era still holds the carbon fixed hundreds of years ago.
a veteran of the forestry protest movement, should by now have learned
that young forests outperform old growth in carbon sequestration.
old trees contain huge amounts of carbon, their rate of sequestration
has slowed to a near halt. A young tree, although it contains little
fixed carbon, pulls CO2 from the atmosphere at a much faster rate.
When a tree rots or burns, the carbon contained in the wood is released back to the atmosphere....
To address climate change, we must use more wood, not less. Using wood
sends a signal to the marketplace to grow more trees and to produce
more wood. That means we can then use less concrete, steel and plastic
-- heavy carbon emitters through their production. Trees are the only
abundant, biodegradable and renewable global resource.