Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 12, 2022

Restoring California’s Overstocked Forests Yields Multiple and Diverse Benefits

from UC Merced

Mechanical thinning of overstocked forests, prescribed burning and managed wildfire now being carried out to enhance fire protection of California’s forests provide many benefits, or ecosystem services, that people depend on.

In a paper published in Restoration Ecology, researchers at UC Merced, UC ANR and UC Irvine reported that stakeholders perceived fire protection as central to forest restoration, with multiple other ecosystem services also depending on wildfire severity. Researcher Max Eriksson, lead author on the paper, noted that “forest restoration involves multiple fuels-reduction actions that were perceived as benefiting fire protection, with some also offering strong benefits to other ecosystem services such as air quality, wildlife habitat, soil retention and water supply.”

Read more at Study Shows How Restoring California’s Overstocked Forests Yields Multiple and Diverse Benefits | Graduate Division


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