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Standing Trees Vermont works to protect, preserve and restore forests on Vermont's federal and state public lands.

-  Brenda Peterson

Photo credit: Zack Porter

Photo credit: Zack Porter

By allowing the forests on federal and state lands to grow unfettered from active management and logging, they will slowly return to their natural state. As such, they will provide the maximum benefits to plants and animals that depend on them, they will absorb the most carbon, provide the most oxygen, absorb the most particulates, efficiently provide the cleanest water, and protect against extreme weather events.

Only 3% of Vermont is permanently protected (guaranteed as legally possible) to reach old forest status.

Old forests are biologically mature forests, often having escaped stand-replacing disturbance for more than 100 years.

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This map shows carbon storage density (darker green equals more carbon) with New England circled in red. New England is clearly among the most important regions in the US in terms of carbon storage.

 

Source: NASA - https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/features/ForestCarbon

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