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Comment 359 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameJorge
Last NameDe Cecco
Email Addressbndass@yahoo.com
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SubjectAlternative Three is unscientific and environmentally devastating
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Dear Board:

Thinning is unscientific and damaging.

The amount of carbon that burns in a fire is tremendously exaggerated in the Draft Scoping Plan. It is nowhere near 80% as stated; it is more like 3%.

Thinning does not make forests less vulnerable to fire. Recent studies have shown that it often worsens fire risk.

A great deal of carbon storage is lost when trees are logged. When part of the logged debris is sent to a power plant, the carbon is released immediately.

More carbon can be sequestered and stored in forests by sensible forest management, which includes increasing plantation rotation lengths, eliminating even-aged management, eliminating salvage logging, and letting dead trees rot in place, storing carbon for decades until the material helps to rebuild the soil.

More carbon could be stored if PGE stopped cutting millions of trees instead of fixing their own defective and antiquated equipment and their bare wire distribution lines. Unfortunately the Legislature yielded to pressure and greenlit this massacre of the environment.


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-21 14:03:10

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