"Protecting the Forests, and Hoping for Payback"

"SISTERS, Ore. -- A patch of ponderosa pines here in the Deschutes National Forest has been carefully pruned over the last few years to demonstrate the United States Forest Service’s priorities in the changing West: improving forest health and protecting against devastating wildfire while still supporting the timber economy.

Yet occasionally, when tour groups come through, someone will ask what role the trees might play as the nation addresses global warming. After all, forests soak up carbon dioxide as they grow."

William Yardley reports for the New York Times November 28, 2009.

Monday, November 30, 2009