Forestry 2.0

Forest Fire

The Challenges 

From the forest treetops to the soil microbes under  our feet, all living things contain carbon. When  they are destroyed—through clear-cutting, farming  or forces like fire and drought—the carbon they  hold is released as greenhouse gases, adding to  global warming.  

Heavy fossil fuel use has accelerated climate  change, and today new challenges like more  frequent wildfires and extreme weather are driving  up emissions from wild and cultivated lands.  Developing methods for sequestering carbon  in plants and soil is critical to controlling Earth’s  temperature—and devising sustainable ways to  produce food, fiber and energy is essential for  long-term human and planetary health. 

The good news is that all around us—in the Central  Valley fields where we raise crops, the diverse  rangelands where cattle graze, and dense Sierra  Nevada forests—lie potential solutions. 

The Vision 

Now is the time to reimagine our relationship with  California landscapes and to develop scalable  models for how human and environmental systems  can boost each other’s resilience. 

By investing in agricultural and forest management  projects that sequester carbon, minimize  emissions, and use natural resources more  efficiently, we can make dramatic changes that will  help to sustain communities and ecosystems for  generations to come.  

To lock carbon in the land and keep forests healthy, One Climate’s approach transforms the threat of carbon accumulation into opportunities, reimagining excess forest fibers as the backbone of a circular economy that supports communities living near wildlands. These materials can be used to make sustainable energy and artisanal products while continuing to keep forest carbon out of the atmosphere. Incorporating Indigenous land management practices, too, can restore biodiversity and create economic opportunities  while revitalizing cultural heritage.