Just over a century ago, the mountains from West Virginia to Georgia were being clearcut, burned, and eroded in one of the worst logging rampages in history. Flooding from the denuded mountains was so destructive to the lowlands that in 1911, Congress was pressured to pass the Weeks Act. This law authorized the Forest Service to purchase and repair the highest ridges and slopes.
Today, according to the newest research, the six million acres in the eight Appalachian national forests offer an amazingly timely ecosystem benefit that remains virtually unrecognized: carbon sequestration by mature trees that could mitigate the regional impacts of climate change.
Watch this 12 minute YouTube presentation to find out how:
Chris Bolgiano, Mildly Amusing Nature Writer www.chrisbolgiano.com