May 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Both native and non-native forest insects and diseases across the contiguous United States are reducing the ability of the nation’s forests to capture and store carbon dioxide. This webinar will describe a study published in Fall 2021 in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change that calculated forests damaged by insects sequestered 69% less carbon than undamaged forests, while those affected by disease sequestered 28% less carbon. The webinar will briefly cover the overarching findings of the study, and then go into depth on what it means from the invasive forest pest perspective- including how to bring this issue to light when discussing prevention and management of forest pests, and what improvements to current actions could further mitigate these sequestration losses.
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