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Insect and Disease Disturbances Correlate with Reduced Carbon Sequestration in Forests of the Contiguous United States

December 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

December 14th 11am ESt


On behalf of The Nature Conservancy’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee- North America Region, we are inviting you to a presentation on a new forest pest and carbon study titled, “Insect and Disease Disturbances Correlate with Reduced Carbon Sequestration in Forests of the Contiguous United States”.

Recently published in the journal Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, the study found that forests damaged by insects sequestered 69% less carbon than undamaged forests. Forests affected by disease sequestered 28% less carbon. In total, the damage caused by insects and diseases across the contiguous US is reducing the carbon sequestration potential of America’s forests by roughly 50 million tons of carbon dioxide each year – the equivalent of emissions from more than 10 million cars.

The study was conducted by scientists from Cornell University, The Nature Conservancy, the USDA Forest Service, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Purdue University. The webinar will be presented by Leigh Greenwood, Forest Health Program Director, TNC North America; and Kristina Serbesoff King Director of Science and Planning, TNC Florida. Discussion facilitated by Rob Williams, Invasive Species Program Manager, TNC New York.


December 14, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

PRISM Partner Meeting Schedule: Our partners have decided to meet on a seasonal/quarterly basis. We will meet the third week of these months:  January, April, July, and October alternating between  Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting at 10 am.

If you are a Partner and want to receive partner meeting invitations and announcements please follow this link. 

If you are not a Partner and have an interest in attending a Partner Meeting as a guest, please contact Rob Williams, the PRISM Manager at rwilliams@tnc.org.

Save the Date for 2021 Partner Meetings:

Due to COVID, all meetings will be virtual until further notice. 

Wednesday, January 19th @ 10 am

Thursday, April 21st @ 10 am

Wednesday, July 20th @ 10 am

Thursday, October 20th @10am

The PRISM Network hosts a monthly Speaker Series on the last Wednesday of each month (except, July, August, and December).

View the Webinar Schedule & Access Recordings

iMapInvasives holds training webinars after the PRISM  Speaker Series from 1 pm-2 pm. Visit the iMap website for details and to register.