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Our forests are potentially one of the most important allies in the fight against climate change for two important reasons:
- Growing trees take carbon out of the atmosphere
- Wood that was formerly considered waste can be used as a clean, renewable fuel source.
To seize both of these opportunities, British Columbia is pursuing a goal of zero-net deforestation.
In addition, the following government programs acknowledge the importance of trees and forests to local climate action:
The Forests for Tomorrow program was set up in 2005 to respond to the catastrophic wildfires and the mountain pine beetle epidemic. It aims to improve the future timber supply and address risks to other forest values through the re-establishment of young forests on land that would otherwise remain under-productive. The program focuses on land that is primarily within the timber harvesting land base yet outside of forest industry obligations.
The Trees for Tomorrow program is a large, urban afforestation initiative. Millions of trees will be planted in backyards, schoolyards, hospital grounds, civic parks, campuses, parking lots and other public spaces across B.C. to contribute to cleaner, healthier airsheds.
British Columbia has an abundance of natural biomass resources, including sawmill residues, mountain pine beetle-killed timber, logging debris, and agricultural and municipal wastes. The BC Bioenergy Strategy will help British Columbia reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen our long-term competitiveness and electricity self-sufficiency.