Response to question posed by Bill Tripp, Eco-cultural Restoration Specialist of the Karuk Tribe, Dept. of Natural Resources:

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.

John

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