The FFEH team is NOT exploring the impact of pine root gathering on carbon
storage at either of the SNAMP research sites. Our experiment is to evaluate the
impact of forest and fuel treatments. While these treatments will undoubtedly
impact the surface and fine roots of all the tree species, we will not be able
to make any deductions that inform the impact of root gathering. Regarding pine
cone production, we agree that
the planned treatments will undoubtedly influence seed production for trees in
the treated areas. Generally we expect these trees to increase their production
as their vigor and growth improves. But again we are not explicitly addressing
this interesting question.
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