Mitigation

Mitigation focuses on reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that cause climate change. Systems may need help adapting to climate change, but they already play a crucial role in mitigation efforts. When managing ecosystems, greenhouse gas mitigation can be incorporated as a management goal, similar to goals for improving water quality or providing recreation opportunities. Mitigation options for land management include reducing the amount of carbon emissions by storing or sequestering additional carbon, providing renewable energy from biomass, or avoiding carbon losses. 

Many land and animal management technologies and practices can help reduce GHG emissions. USDA provides information to help land managers assess which mitigation technologies and practices might be appropriate to their operation.

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