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Timber sale production in the Chatahochee National Forest in Georgia on July 31, 2017. The debate over how many trees the U.S. Forest Service should be eligible for timber harvesting across its nearly 145 million acres of land isn't new. However, the latest version of this discussion is focused on forests ability to capture carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. Climate activist argue that National Forests should be left alone to grow old.

217 Today: Should the U.S. keep old trees around to store carbon or cut them down? It’s a heated debate

The 217 Today Podcast