Adapting for Changes in Climate
Acadian’s leadership recognizes the important role that forests play in mitigating climate change and are regularly assessing ways Acadian may be part of the solution. Acadian is also preparing for the possible impacts of climate change.
In the regions in which Acadian operates, all the trees that will be harvested in the next 25 years are growing in the ground today. Considering the rate of climate change and the time it takes to grow a tree, a decision to change species composition is difficult. However, in the face of changing frequency of local climatic events Acadian takes a pragmatic approach to addressing immediate climate concerns. We have ongoing efforts to understand how climatic condition changes will:
We recognize that biological adaptions take far more time to implement than engineering solutions and plan our operations accordingly. Collective efforts across the industry are ongoing to understand how we can adapt to climate change. To this end, Acadian participates in the Climate Smart Land Network (http://climatesmartnetwork.org/).
Examples of Climate Change Adjustments
|Heavy Rainfall or extended rainfall events||Water flow increases||Increase stream crossing size|
|Freezing/Thawing cycles||Timing and extension of “mud” season||Modify operating schedules|
|Drought||Fire risk||Restricted operating hours|
Managed Forests Store Carbon
Managed forests are recognized as a major source of carbon sequestration and are part of the solution to mitigating climate change. In addition, carbon can remain sequestered for several decades within the end-use forest products produced from trees, including lumber, plywood and other solid wood products. Sustainable forest management is a crucial component to the continuing availability of forest products while ensuring carbon is stored across the landscape. Harvesting trees to create useful forest products that store carbon and then ensuring reforestation occurs adds to the cycle of carbon storage. Preliminary estimates of carbon stored in trees on Acadian’s owned land is estimated to be 94* million metric Tons of CO2 equivalents (CO2e).
*Metric Tons of CO2 Calculation estimated based on factors from the USDA General Technical Report NE-343 “Methods for Calculating Forest Ecosystem and Harvested Carbon with Standard Estimates for Forest Types of the United States”