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Modern, sustainable forest management leads to climate-smart outcomes in working forests.

Outcome 7

Aligning Climate Benefits with the Needs of Rural Communities

Rural communities rely on forests for jobs and economic development, recreational benefits, and human health. Climate-smart forestry enhances the outcomes above, which in turn provide jobs (e.g., renewable timber harvest), protects communities, reduces the environmental and human health risk of severe wildfire, and keeps forests as forests.

How do we know this is true?

The US Forest Service Sustainability Reporting (McGinley et al 2023) publishes data on the following indicators:


Sustainable Forest Certification Systems emphasize employee safety and training and community relations, including community education on climate risks and adaptation.

Ensuring Forest Management is Climate Smart

In the U.S., assurances are in place to verify that our forests are sustainably managed and climate smart through a mosaic of overlapping and mutually reinforcing local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations, state-approved forestry best management practices (BMPs), and third-party forest management and wood fiber sourcing certification programs.

NAFO’s Environmental Benefits Report

Did you know that private working forests are one of the most environmentally valuable natural resources in the U.S. but one of the least understood? To learn more about the positive impacts of sustainable forest management on carbon, water, and wildlife, check out this comprehensive report from the National Alliance of Forest Owners.