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Scientists say old-growth forests are essential tools in the fight against climate change. Harvesting them releases greenhouse gasses, worsening the impact of climate change.

Mature trees on Brushy Mountain in Nantahala National Forest in August. Photo: Jack Igelman / Carolina Public Press

This four-part series focuses on the Southside Project, a recent initiative by the U.S. Forest Service, to make the national forest more resilient and sustainableIn part two, Jack Igelman reports on the importance of old-growth forests, the new philosophy of forest management and opposition. 

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