Please join Pacific Northwest Forest Climate Alliance and Dr. Dominick DellaSala the Chief Scientist at Wild Heritage, on Wednesday, August 3rd at 11am PST as we discuss the First Coast to Coast Mature/Old Growth Assessment for the USA.
The webinar will discuss mature/OG forest protections in the context of President Biden's recent Executive Orders on 30x30, mature/OG forest inventories, and natural climate solutions. Dominick will provide detailed summaries of the carbon, biodiversity, and drinking water benefits of the nation's 400 million acres of mature/OG forests (all ownerships) as well as how much is protected (only 24%) and vulnerable (76%, 51 million acres) to logging on federal lands. His estimates include how much carbon would be fluxed to the atmosphere if over 50 million acres of unprotected mature forests on federal lands were logged. Forest mapping is at 30-meter resolution using a series of forest development proxies to define mature, a breakthrough in mapping, and the mapping was validated using the USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots. Spatial datasets will be available online for the public once peer review is completed. This work is part of an international team of scientists (including IPCC scientists) that are mapping and assessing the biodiversity and climate importance of the world's dwindling primary and old-growth forests. Dominick already has published his primary forests work on British Columbia, Canada and Alaska (Tongass) and will soon focus on Canada's other primary forests, particularly the boreal and temperate rainforests. There will be time for questions and dialogue and this is open to decision makers and federal agencies.