Maintaining Air Quality on Potlatch Timberlands
Forestry's role in mitigating climate change
Healthy, growing forests are a natural means of carbon sequestration—a process of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. Through the natural process of plant transpiration or "breathing," carbon is drawn from the atmosphere and exchanged for oxygen. Young forests especially sequester carbon. Carbon sequestration from healthy forests is thought to be part of the solution for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and for improving climate change.
Fire plays a crucial role in healthy forests, helping to rejuvenate soil, vegetation, and wildlife habitat. From time to time, we use burning as a forest management tool. Our burning practices adhere to strict local and state burn laws. To ensure that our burning practices don't have an adverse effect on local air quality, we work closely with communities near our forestlands. In Idaho, for example, we're part of a two-state airshed quality group that sets self-imposed burning schedules so that burns take place during favorable climatic conditions.