Welcome back, forests

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A mature red maple forms part of the canopy of the native wetland forest at the Thielke Arboretum in Glen Rock, NJ. Besides storing carbon, this forest provides other valuable ecosystem services, not least of which involves preventing floods by absorbing and slowing the movement of surface water after storms.

Today’s New York Times features a fascinating and hopeful article about the restoration of forests worldwide. To slow climate change, governments and conservation groups are making concerted efforts to restore forests, which sequester carbon and serve many other important ecological functions. And these efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Read the article, consider helping one of the groups involved in the efforts, and, once the bustle of the holidays is over, visit a nearby forest.

Happy holidays to all.

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