Sierra Nevada Regional Profile

CARBON STORAGE

Overview

The Sierra Nevada region functions as a critical carbon stock by storing nearly half of the forest carbon stocks in California. Storing and sequestering carbon in these stocks  is essential to state efforts to achieve carbon neutrality and increase resilience to
climate change. Today, much of the carbon of Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forests is stored in smaller trees, which are increasingly vulnerable to fire and the effects of climate change. Carbon sequestration has declined due to increasing frequency and severity of disturbances, leading to abrupt (e.g., wildfire) and/or gradual (e.g., bark beetle outbreaks) transfers of carbon to the atmosphere and dead organic matter
pools and soils.

 

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