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Oregon State University
Forest fire prevention efforts will lessen carbon sequestration, add to greenhouse warming
July 20th, 2009
Widely sought efforts to reduce fuels that increase catastrophic fire in Pacific Northwest forests will be counterproductive to another important societal goal of sequestering carbon to help offset global warming, forestry researchers at Oregon State University conclude in a new report.
Even if the biofuels were used in an optimal manner to produce electricity or make cellulosic ethanol, there would still be a net loss of carbon sequestration in forests of the Coast Range and the west side of the Cascade Mountains for at least 100 years ' and probably much longer, the study showed.
"Fuel reduction treatments should be forgone if forest ecosystems are to...
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Source: Global Warming Focus (2009-07-20)