Floods: Forests can remove as much as 70% of incoming precipitation. Forested watersheds yield lower peak flows and smaller volumes of runoff over a longer period of time than non-forested land cover. Accordingly, flood damage in forested areas—and in areas downstream—has the smallest impact among all surface conditions. This will become even more important as storms intensify as the climate changes.
Clean Water: Forests provide clean water for drinking, recreation and habitat. This contribution reduces, and in some cases eliminates, the need for expenditures related to man-made infrastructure designed to ensure clean water.
Clean Air: Tree leaves serve as sponges for many air pollutants removing them from circulation where they do harm to humans. Fine particulate air pollution has serious human health effects, including premature mortality, pulmonary inflammation, accelerated arteriosclerosis, and altered cardiac functions
Climate Change Mitigation: Forests pull carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil, trees and other vegetation. This process of carbon sequestration regulates atmospheric carbon, thereby moderating the rate of climate change and its associated impacts. Vermont’s forests are estimated to sequester almost as much CO2 equivalents as Vermont’s annual emissions.
Now tell us again why you want to destroy forests and ridgelines!