Forests, grasslands play important role in carbon cycle
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Western forests, grasslands, shrublands and other ecosystems sequester about 100 million tons of carbon each year, equivalent to about 5 percent of the nation’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report released this week by the U.S. Department of Interior.
“This important study confirms the major role that our natural landscapes have in absorbing carbon and helping to counter-balance the nation’s carbon emissions,” said Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes. “This kind of groundbreaking science not only will help us be more effective stewards of our lands, but it also helps reveal how our forests, wetlands and rangelands in the West — and throughout the nation — are positively impacting the carbon cycle.” (more…)
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