Renewable energy includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and
others. Renewable energy has Zero Carbon emissions and includes
the development of new renewable energy sources into our economy.
Sequestration reduces carbon dioxide emissions by taking it out
of the atmosphere. Sequestration is often synonymous with planting
trees, but can also include other activities that reduce CO2.
Sequestration can be a bit controversial because while trees suck
up CO2 while they are alive, they ultimately die and release CO2.
However, a well-managed forest creates a net CO2 reduction by
absorbing CO2 and moving it into the depths of the soil around
Sequoia National Forest
The McNally Fire of 2002 burned over 150,000 acres. Prior to
the fire, the forest provided habitat to the following species:
California Spotted Owl, northern goshawk & Pacific Fisher.
Also lost is the shade along streams which are now overheating.
Without ground cover to hold back soil, streams have filled with
sediment. Many areas were totally burned, leaving no pinecones
to provide seeds for trees to sprout from. Forest Service estimates
that without tree planting these areas may take 200-500 years
or longer to return to forest.
The forest hopes that by replanting the damaged areas the following
will occur: wildlife habitats will be reestablished; the amount
of soil lost from erosion will be reduced, the condition of the
watersheds will be improved and the creation of carbon sinks will
Six Rivers National Forest
The Sims Fire began in old growth timber on July 28, 2004, and
burned 4,030 acres of Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.
Once the fire was contained, forest personnel began the battle
against erosion and damage to the South Fork Lower Trinity River
and other nearby tributaries that threatened watersheds and habitat
for steelhead, Chinook Salmon, and the endangered Coho Salmon.
The Six Rivers is proposing to plant 298 acres of high severity
burned acres in early spring 2006. They will plant 120,000 Douglas-fir
and ponderosa pine on 298 acres that were burned in the Sims Fire.
The planting will accelerate development in areas where much
old growth was lost and regeneration and regrowth has been slow.
The trees planted during this project will help stabilize soil
and protect domestic water sources while recreating wildlife habitat
and food sources.