USDA Seeks to Protect Old-Growth Trees

USDA secretary says forest management will conserve “these national treasures.”

The Agriculture Department is proposing a plan intended to protect older trees that store carbon dioxide and help counter climate change. The plan would limit logging in old-growth forests while allowing “ecologically appropriate” timber harvesting. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “Old-growth forests are a vital part of our ecosystems and a special cultural resource. This proposed nationwide forest plan amendment – the first in the agency’s history – is an important step in conserving these national treasures.“

He added, “Climate change is presenting new threats like historic droughts and catastrophic wildfire. This clear direction will help our old-growth forests thrive across our shared landscape.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Chief Randy Moore as he heads the U.S. Forest Service.
  • For discernment for Secretary Vilsack as he oversees the USDA.
  • For U.S. officials as they implement forest management and conservation plans.

Sources: The Hill, Department of Agriculture

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