The legislature appropriated $83 million dollars from the Climate Commitment Act’s Natural Climate Solutions to protect older forests on state trust lands over the next biennium. The funds will allow DNR to identify 2,000 acres of older structurally complex, carbon dense forests to remove from planned harvest, ensuring continued habitat, carbon storage, and ecosystem services unique to mature forest ecosystems. The proviso funds acquisition of replacement forestlands in exchange for older forests removed from harvest, to sustain timber supplies and rural economies.