Dear <<First Name>>,
There’s one thing we all agree on. Maintaining a clean environment matters.
As we look to science to guide our understanding on how to curb carbon impacts, nature has provided us with an immediate solution. It begins with wood from working forests and the life cycle of trees.
A tree draws carbon from the atmosphere and by using energy from the sun transforms it into a solid, stored form of carbon --- wood.
Once it’s wood, carbon can only be released into the environment by severe forces such as wildfire or decomposition. After a tree is harvested, or made into furniture, or used to construct tall wood buildings, or even make computer chips (yes, it’s true), the carbon is still held there.
Environmental scientists use terms like carbon sequestration and carbon sink to describe this process --- we’ll simplify it a bit.
Wood is nature’s carbon bank, a place where carbon is stored.
In the future, a 15-story building constructed from sustainably grown and renewable wood can do double duty as a home for hundreds of people and a carbon bank to help improve our environment. And while that building is holding carbon, private forest landowners will be busy replanting and growing even more carbon-friendly wood.
That’s a vision for the future that you can feel good about sharing with others.
-Your Friends in Working Forests
[Photo courtesy MGA Artchitecture]