Major efforts are underway to harness the carbon sequestration capacity of forests to combat global climate change. However, tree damage and death associated with insect and disease disturbance can reduce this carbon sequestration capacity.
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U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action’s (USFRA) report outlines the science behind carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles and their impact on soil health.
Soil organic matter content appears to be an important predictor of resilience to the type of drought conditions that are likely to occur more frequently under future climate scenarios.
Controversy about the role soils might play in climate change mitigation is undermining actions to restore soils for improved agricultural and environmental outcomes.
Adoption of cover crops by farmers can result in measurable, field-level changes in soil health.
The practical implementation of soil carbon climate strategies lags behind the potential, partly because we lack clarity around the magnitude of opportunity and how to capitalize on it.
The Nature Conservancy conducted the first national survey of tree inequality, mapping urban tree canopy and temperature across 5,723 cities and towns in the U.S.
Meeting ambitious reforestation goals will require expanded capacity for seed collection, nursery production, workforce development, and improvements in planting treatment practices.
The power of restoring forests as a natural climate solution depends heavily on how much new forest area we can gain. The good news is there are up to 133 million acres of opportunity in the United States to restore forest cover for climate mitigation.