UM Study: Losing the world’s largest trees would degrade forests and carbon capture

The largest 1 percent of trees in mature forests make up 50 percent of the planet’s forest biomass, and losing those trees could degrade the world’s forests and their carbon-scrubbing power, according to research conducted by a team of international scientists, including the University of Montana.

“These big trees store a disproportionately large amount of the carbon in the forest,” said UM forest ecology professor Andrew Larson Larson. “They’re the elites, and because of their age and size, they’re very difficult to replace.” read more >>