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Joe Biden plans to ban logging in US old-growth forests in 2025

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Biden administration has announced a plan to ban most old-growth logging in national forests
• This proposal aims to protect nearly 25 million acres of old-growth forests in the United States, marking the first national initiative to shield these ancient trees from commercial logging

🔭 The context: The U.S. Forest Service is revising all 128 of its forest plans, covering 193 million acres of forests and grasslands
• This comprehensive effort will prevent the economic-driven cutting down of old-growth trees, crucial for carbon storage and supporting diverse wildlife habitats

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Old-growth trees are vital in combating climate change due to their significant carbon storage capabilities
• Protecting them also safeguards the habitats of hundreds of wildlife species and enhances forest resilience against wildfires, diseases, and pests

⏭️ What's next: The implementation of this plan will focus on effectively addressing major threats to old-growth forests

💬 One quote: “We think this will allow us to respond effectively and strategically to the biggest threats that face old growth,” (Tom Vilsack, ​​Agriculture Secretary)

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