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Zack Metcalfe looks at the feds’ plan to plant 2 billion trees between now and 2030. If you view these 2 billion trees purely from the perspective of carbon, you’ll be disappointed, he writes. But it’s still a sensible thing to do. If we do it right, that is. This is part 1 of a two-part series. Tomorrow, All hail the woods, more about forests, carbon, clearcuts and sustainable forestry. Nothing is ever simple.

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