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Reforestation to mitigate changes to climate: More than just planting seedlings

Author(s):

Jennifer A. Balachowski
Matthew E. Horning

Year:

2022

Publication type:

Paper (invited, offered, keynote)

Primary Station(s):

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Source:

In: XV World Forestry Congress: Building a green, healthy, and resilient future with forests.; 2-6 May 2022; Coex, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Korean Forest Service. 7 p.

Description

Global interest in reforestation to help mitigate climate change is increasing demand for nursery-produced seedlings. Often governments, the public, and non-profit organizations simplify reforestation to the physical act of tree planting without comprehension of the entirety of the process needed for reforestation to be successful. A range of tasks from planning to implementation to post-planting monitoring and care are necessary (i.e., the reforestation pipeline). And, often, a one-size-fits-all approach to reforestation is promoted without appreciation for the diversity of ecosystems needing restoration, exacerbated by climatic uncertainties that challenge reforestation conducted status quo. While some recent attention has focused attention on the reforestation pipeline, considering a climate-smart, or climate-informed approach to reforestation in conjunction with a smooth transition from initial tree planting to on-going forest management to support long-term resilience has yet to be fully explored. Considering reforestation more holistically and through a climate lens could provide more effective reforestation and increase the trajectory for achieving long-term climate, carbon, biodiversity, and social goals expected from initial tree planting efforts.

Citation

Dumroese, R. Kasten; Balachowski, Jennifer A.; Flores, David; Horning, Matthew E. 2022. Reforestation to mitigate changes to climate: More than just planting seedlings. In: XV World Forestry Congress: Building a green, healthy, and resilient future with forests.; 2-6 May 2022; Coex, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Korean Forest Service. 7 p.

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https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/64429