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How Do Managed Forests Contribute to Reducing Climate Change?
Forests play a critical role in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through carbon sequestration and other processes. Productive forests that are managed to produce products that store carbon and replace fossil fuels most often have greater long-term carbon benefits than forests left unmanaged. The temporal and spatial scope of forest carbon budget assessments greatly influence conclusions drawn in published studies. Substantial but often overlooked carbon benefits also accrue when active management reduces the potential for wildfire and other disturbances, and when markets for wood create incentives that reduce conversion to urban development or to other land uses with substantial and permanent carbon impacts.
Despite the similar environmental characteristics of forest harvesting and manufacturing facilities operated by NCASI Member Companies in Canada to those operated by our U.S. Members, the different land ownership pattern and regulatory platform create unique needs for science and data to help Canadian companies cost-effectively meet their environment and sustainability goals. NCASI’s Canadian Program is grounded in a research program to address the specific needs of our Canadian Member Companies.
NCASI U.S. Member Companies represent more than 90% of the paper and paperboard produced, nearly 70% of the wood panels produced, and more than half of industrial timberland acreage in the United States. In 2002, NCASI opened an office for Canadian operations in Montreal, and now has 33 Canadian Member Companies.
Sustaining Member Companies include consulting firms, engineering firms, and analytical testing laboratories that provide environmental services to NCASI Member Companies.Download Membership Prospectus