State/Territory

Private woodlands lost to California wildfire — and may not be replaced

Tens of thousands of acres of private woodlands in California are being gobbled up by wildfires as the state gets warmer, winters get shorter and fuel gets drier — and these dense stands of burned trees, crucial in the fight against global warming, are often lost forever. The fires, larger and more damaging each year, pose a major threat to the state’s 33 million acres of forested land, 40 percent of which is on private property. But they are especially problematic for the individuals and families who own a cumulative 9 million acres of heavily wooded property in the state. Many of these small property owners don’t have the money or resources to clear out and replace trees when wildfires sweep over the landscape.

Source: Private woodlands lost to California wildfire — and may not be replaced – SFChronicle.com

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