10 June, 2007

AGE LETTER: Natural carbon storage

Scott Gentle, Victorian manager, Timber Communities Australia
Letter to The Age, Saturday 10 June 2007

On World Environment Day (5/6), I decided to take a trip to see how the carbon extraction facility up the road was going.

Where was I? No, not at some high-technology factory, but a timber harvesting operation in a state forest. The carbon utilisation expert was a timber harvesting contractor and the carbon storage unit a log.

People need to realise that while planting trees is part of the solution in slowing climate change, by using wood and paper products from forest operations that are sustainably managed they are doing even more to help the environment. This means cutting down trees. Once trees are cut down, the carbon within them is stored in the wood, whether it be turned into paper or timber.


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