What is Proforestation? It is preservationist movement that seeks to ban timber harvesting, logging, and active forest management, including prescribed fire and wildfire mitigation activities, on public lands - particularly in "mature forests". This movement cites a small body of research suggesting forests should be left to grow unmanaged by humans to maximize carbon sequestration.*
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) promotes science-based, sustainable management of the nation's forests. Recently major news media and industry journals have brought the issue of proforestation nationwide attention. SAF has developed a handout to educate the public on the benefits of forest management as well as the problems with proforestation.
*information provided by SAF handout "Addressing Proforestation on Public Lands November 2022" (attached)