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Comment 455 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameCheryl
Last NameWeiden
Email Addressweidenc@gmail.com
Affiliation
SubjectObjection to Alternative #3 - Forests and wildfire risk
Comment

I am commenting on the plans' recommendation of Alternative #3  which calls for thinning to reduce wildfire risk and promote resilience.   I object to Alternative #3 based on the following:

  1. The amount of carbon that burns in a fire is greatly exaggerated in the Draft Scoping Plan, which assumes that 80% of forest carbon is burned in a fire rather than the 3% that is burned.
  2. Thinning does not make forests less vulnerable to fire. Much carbon is lost immediately when the trees are logged or sent to a bioenergy plant.  Recent fires have shown that it often worsens fire risk.
  3. More carbon could be sequestered and stored in forests by changing forest management – increasing plantation rotation lengths, eliminating even-aged management, eliminating salvage logging and letting dead trees remain in-place (storing carbon for decades and eventually rebuilding the soil).
  4. More carbon would be stored if PG&E stopped cutting down millions of trees instead of fixing their antiquated equipment and bare wire distribution lines.

Thank you,

Cheryl Weiden

Los Altos

 

 

 


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-22 13:20:48

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