Is Biomass One of the Answers to California Wildfires? UC Researcher Says Yes

California's tree density is triple what it used to be, according to UC and USDA research. (GV Wire Composite/Alexis DeSha)

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The mid-elevation type of forest ponderosa pine and mixed conifer used to have about 60 trees per acre in California about 150 years ago.

Now, a UC Davis and USDA study says California forests 165 to 170 trees per acre — and that may be a conservative estimate. “That’s about a 3- to-1 increase from what it used to be like historically,” UC Davis researcher and U.S. Forest Service research ecologist Malcolm North told GV Wire℠ from his home in Mammoth.

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Source: GV Wire

 

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