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Panel, Q-and-A to tackle future of healthy forests

Minnesota forest and stars
The Milky Way as seen over a pine forest.

BEMIDJI — A panel discussion and Q-and-A set for Thursday, April 27, on the future of healthy forests will feature experts from state, tribal and regional agencies as well as the forest products industry.

The event, sponsored by the Bemidji Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will take place at the Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to visit tables from a variety of community groups. The panel event runs 6-8 p.m.

“Trees and forests are an integral part of our life. They provide cooling shade, animal habitat, fresh oxygen, water filtration and they store carbon,” organizers stated in a news release. “They provide us with a setting for tranquility and recreation. Trees also provide jobs and a growing variety of wood products and byproducts which store carbon or will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

“Their importance in all of these roles will only increase in the future, but our trees and forests are under threat from warming temperatures now.”

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy climate change organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

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