Secretary Jewell to Release Biological Carbon Storage Assessment for Eastern United States

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the one-year anniversary of the President's Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday will release the results of a comprehensive assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) of biological carbon storage and sequestration by ecosystems in the eastern United States.

Using data from the assessment, the USGS tomorrow will also unveil a new web tool that will allow users to see the land carbon storage and change in ecosystems between 2005 and 2050 in the lower 48 states.

This groundbreaking assessment estimates the natural carbon storage capacities of ecosystems now and in the future. The research conducted by USGS scientists confirms the important role that our natural landscapes play in absorbing carbon and counteracting harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Biological carbon sequestration is the process by which carbon dioxide (CO2) is removed from the atmosphere and stored as carbon in vegetation, soils and sediment.

The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-800-857-9714 and entering passcode: INTERIOR.


Sally Jewell
, Secretary of the Interior
Suzette Kimball, Acting Director of the USGS
Bradley Reed, Associate Program Coordinator, USGS Climate and Land Use Program

Release of New USGS Carbon Storage Assessment for Eastern U.S.

June 25, 2014, at 1:00 pm EDT

Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-800-857-9714 and entering passcode: INTERIOR