CO2 sequestration and Trees

Al Stangenberger forags at nature.Berkeley.EDU
Fri Feb 14 15:02:25 EST 1997

Joseph Zorzin (redoak at wrote:
: John Skillman wrote:
: > 
: > I don't have the numbers here in front of me but you would have to plant
: > new forest over approx 1/3 of N. America to account for the CO2 being
: > released there from fossil fuels EVERY YEAR.  And what do you do once
: > the trees have sequestered all the CO2?  They can not be burned or
: > allowed to decompose or you have made no gain whatsoever.

: More national parks, of course. <G> But think of all that work we
: foresters will have in the meanwhile.

Here in the western US we are starting to do more prescribed burning in parks in
order to reduce fuel loadings.  Either we release the CO2 in small controlled
pulses or else we wait for a big stand-replacing fire...

Al Stangenberger                      forags at            
Dept. of Env. Sci., Policy, & Mgt.    145 Mulford Hall # 3114
Univ. of California at Berkeley       Berkeley, CA  94720-3114
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