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Comment 168 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameSusan
Last NameLessin
SubjectDraft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan

The Draft 2022 Scoping Plan should enable the removal of more carbon dioxide by forests than it does. The carbon removal should happen NOW.

The preferred NWL alternative 3 calls for more forest thinning as the only forest related action. Thinning will result in more GHG emissions. Thinning removes far more carbon than if all the thinned areas burned. If there were a fire, only approximately 3% of the tree carbon burns.

Fuel reduction may or may not reduce fire intensity. Many studies show it doesn't reduce fire intensity. It is not proven that fuel reduction will result in more resilient carbon rich forests in the long term and this possible improvement would take years to happen--too late for us to address the climate crisis.

Forest management practices should be modified to increase carbon storage rather than decrease it by 1. Reducing or eliminating clear cutting, 2. Eliminating salvage logging and retaining dead trees which store carbon for decades, retain moisture, and provide habitat for more wildlife, 3. Retaining more mature trees, 4. Increasing the length of plantation rotation cycles to decrease dense young flammable stands of trees.

Lastly, electric utilities should be required to insulate their bare wire distribution lines rather than remove millions of trees that could be sequestering and storing carbon.

California needs to promote forest management practices that result in more stored and sequestered carbon NOW.

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 21:54:06

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