Trillion Trees Bill Introduced by Westerman

Arkansas Congressman Bruce Westerman introduced a new bill (H.R. 5859), known as The Trillion Tree Act, which is intended to encourage the planting of trees as a means to sequester greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. The legislation plans for the planting of 1 trillion trees globally by 2050 and new incentives for the use of wood products as carbon sequestration devices.

The legislation would establish a task force composed largely of representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), who would come up with recommendations for meeting the reforestation goals and be responsible for managing the effort to meet the goals. Priority will be given to supporting tree plantings on areas that promote the restoration of marginal farmland or degraded forestland into healthy forest ecosystems.

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