How to Revive a Burned Forest? Rebuild the Tree Supply Chain

By Lydia DePillis
The New York Times
April 4, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When it came to wildfires, 2021 was an increasingly common kind of year in Montana: Flames consumed 747,000 acres, an area nearly the size of Long Island. About 2,700 of those acres were on Don Harland’s Sheep Creek Ranch, where ever-drier summers have turned lodgepole pines into matchsticks ready to ignite. …A former timber industry executive, Mr. Harland knew the forest wouldn’t grow back on its own. The land is high and dry, the ground rocky and inhospitable — not like the rainy coastal Northwest, where trees grow thick and fast. Nor did he have the money to carry out a replanting operation, since growing for timber wouldn’t pay for itself. …Then a local forester suggested he get in touch with a new company out of Seattle, called Mast… who proposed to replant the whole acreage, free. Mast, in turn, was to earn money from companies that wanted to offset their carbon emissions. 

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