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Re-Framing Forest and Resource Management Strategies for a Climate Change Context

Contents of the ToolBox: Adaptation, Mitigation and the "5-R Strategies"

Mitigation Strategies: 5. Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Reduce Non-Renewable Energy Use. "Good Samaritan" approach. The forestry sector in particular has an enormous opportunity to reduce human influences on the climate system. Reducing greenhouse gases can be achieved through forest and wildand management actions designed so that sequestration is enhanced, carbon stored in natural resources (wood, fiber, soil) is retained longer, emissions are lowered (by reducing severe fire), and non-fossil fuel alternative energy favored (e.g., biomass utilization) (Fig 5.). By contrast, poor management, lack of management, or inadequate capacity to manage can inadvertently accelerate negative effects, for instance through increase of large, catastrophic forest fires.

All resource sectors have abundant opportunities for reducing energy consumption and reducing the human energy footprint. Increasingly these options are available in all aspects of our work and personal lives. Carbon markets and law and policy (e.g., California AB-32, the California Global-Warming Solutions Act) promote actions designed to reduce human influence on climate.

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