Maine’s extensive natural forests play an essential role in capturing atmospheric carbon. Currently, Maine forestland sequesters the equivalent of 60% of Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions and hold a tremendous potential – with greater focus and investment – to sequester even more carbon and offset further emissions from all other sectors of Maine’s economy. Acadia Center’s believes Maine, with its nearly 90 percent forested lands, is key to any robust state, regional, and national climate action. LD 1702 was one tool needed to protect and conserve natural lands and waters through a funding source that increases carbon storage opportunities, avoids emissions, and enhances climate adaptation and resilience.