Sequestered in the Forest
In 1900, McCall was sequestered in the forest, a common geography for many of the resource based communities in the Western U.S. Economics linked the remote location to the external world through the products made from the materials of the area. Mills produced lumber and railroad ties that literally supported local mines and the transport of farm goods to larger cities. The railroads returned the favor by bringing tourists to sequester themselves near the solitude and beauty of mountain lakes.
Over a century later, a renewed economic interest in forestland gains momentum. But this time, sequestration carries a very different meaning - the forest's natural ability to capture, and hold in seclusion, carbon dioxide. On February 24th, President Obama's address to Congress included a request for "legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America". Astutely timed before and after the address, three organizations issued policy frameworks for the role of forests, both in a cap and trade market and as a source for renewable energy. The three organizations are: USDA Forest Service, Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, and the Forest-Climate Working Group (see Reference Section below for published documents).