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Comment 174 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameKristen
Last NameLee
Email Addresskristendlee444@gmail.com
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SubjectComments on CARB's 5 year scoping plan update
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Our plan for carbon dioxide removal needs to prioritize protecting our old growth and mature forests. Our old growth and mature forests store a huge amount of carbon and they continue to sequester much more each year. Young trees will take decades or even centuries to begin to store and sequester as much carbon as the old trees.

Protecting large trees - even the burned ones - helps to keep carbon in the forests for years to come, while supporting natural re-growth, providing habitat for wildlife, and nurturing biodiversity.

Removing larger, older trees in post-fire “salvage” logging and clear-cutting releases carbon quickly into the atmosphere, while reducing the forest's ability to regenerate naturally. Fires only destroy a small percentage of the burned trees carbon per this recent research on forest fire impact on carbon storage in trees: https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/huge-forest-fires-don%E2%80%99t-cause-living-trees-release-much-carbon-osu-research-shows

Thinning in forests equates to logging and removes carbon quickly while not actually decreasing the chance of wildfire. Thinning and logging our forests will hurt our climate rather than helping it. We need to keep trees in the forest rather than logging them. Please see a relevant scientific opinion here: https://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/op-ed/article262634247.html

 

Large trees clear pollution from the air both globally and locally. It is essential that we consider their preservation a key climate strategy.


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 23:57:29

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