Pinaceae Tree, California, USA – CO2 0,9 Tons
Historically, wildfires have been a natural occurrence in California’s landscape, with Indigenous communities using controlled burns to shape the environment for centuries. These controlled burns helped maintain the balance of ecosystems by reducing biomass and clearing debris, creating space for species to grow. However, a century of fire suppression, combined with climate change and accumulated fuel, has led to dangerously overgrown forests and ideal conditions for high intensity fires. The King Fire of 2014, which burned through 40,000 hectares of El Dorado County, California, left devastated communities and damaged ecosystems in its wake. Without restoration intervention, the burned landscape could become shrubs and grasslands that may fuel another catastrophic fire in the future, impacting carbon storage, water cycles, and wildlife habitat. To address this issue, Evertreen is partnering with supporters to reforest damaged areas of El Dorado County, planting a variety of species in low-density clusters to reduce the risk of future burns. The goal is to restore diverse wildlife habitat and improve the forest’s resilience to climate change, while also improving soil health and supporting water filtration. Species that will benefit from this project include the spotted owl, black-backed woodpecker, mule deer, black bear, yellow-bellied marmot, Douglas squirrel, and Pika. The upcoming Spring will be the 6th season of planting in the King Fire burn scar.
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