Forest fire prevention? Thinning? Maximize size of individual tress? Leave it alone? It’s hard to say
The article below is related to the one posted about “Sen. Udall sponsors bill to attack pine beetles.”
It’s good to finally see some attention to the role of forests as carbon sinks, but it is not clear how to maximize their role as sinks, or even how to prevent them from becoming carbon sources.
On thing the article doesn’t discuss the the amount of carbon stored in forest soils. In the dry interior forests with shallow soils, it probably isn’t much. In the wet, big tree forests west of the Cascades up into British Columbia and coastal Alaska , the kind of logging done in the past, clearcuts followed by burning slash, has a horrible effect on the carbon storage.
Every kind of forest probably needs to have a different carbon management plan.
Story in the New York Times by William Yardley. Note that the Times headline is misleading as a description of the article’s content.