Trillion trees legislation introduced in US

On 12 February US Representative Bruce Westerman, an Arkansas engineer and forester by profession, introduced H.R. 5859, the Trillion Trees Act, which aims to bring about the planting of 1 trillion trees globally by 2050 and incentivise the use of wood products as carbon sequestration devices.

The legislation includes provisions that would leverage US aid dollars to incentivise reforestation and a afforestation and establish an International Forest Foundation to “support international goals to increase global carbon sequestration through the promotion of healthy forests and responsible forest management.”

The prospects of this proposal becoming law are uncertain.

To move forward it must first be considered by several committees of jurisdiction in the US House of Representatives, including the Committees on Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources, and Ways and Means.

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