Controlled burning of some Western forests might help reduce our carbon footprint

You read that correctly: reduce the U.S. carbon footprint. According to newly released findings from a National Science Foundation-funded study, prescribed burns to reduce underbrush could be used to protect larger trees and thereby reduce the larger amount of carbon released by wildfires that burn volumes of woody species indiscriminately. Read more here.

Seen above: An Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation prescribed forest burn. Although the study mentioned above relates to Western U.S. forests, the guys and gals who do the work look a lot like the yellow-suited folks in this photo from Michigan. flickr.com/bluishbarn

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