Biden administration moves to protect old-growth forests as climate change brings fires, pests

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Biden administration moves to protect old-growth forests as climate change brings fires, pests

By Matthew Brown, Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration moved on Tuesday to conserve groves of old-growth trees on national forests across the U.S. and limit logging as climate change amplifies the threats they face from wildfires, insects and disease.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the agency was adopting an “ecologically-driven” approach to older forests — an arena where timber industry interests have historically predominated.

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