BRWS Meeting: “Save the Planet – Use Wood, Plant Trees!” by Harold Burkhart, PhD

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Date(s) - Monday, April 22, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs


Forests provide a myriad of benefits, including wood products, ecosystem services, and carbon sequestration. Sequestration of carbon in forests plays an important role in mitigating the build-up of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere that results from burning fossil fuels. There are also substantial benefits from carbon storage in harvested wood products and through substitution of wood biomass for fossil fuels. The entire forest carbon sink of the United States is estimated to be offsetting approximately 15 percent of annual carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels in the US. Using wood for building and packaging materials and as an energy source, followed by reforesting harvested areas, yields multiple benefits for slowing the rate of increases of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Harold Burkhart PhD - Photo: Virginia Tech

Harold Burkhart, PhD – Photo: Virginia Tech

Harold Burkhart has been a faculty member in forestry at Virginia Tech since 1969. He has published extensively in professional journals and has authored five books. His contributions to research and teaching have been recognized by awards from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the Society of American Foresters, the Virginia Academy of Science, the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and The Science Museum of Virginia.

Meet: 7:00 pm, Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, 3640 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke

Contact: Ellen Holtman, 389-1514

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