California's Castle Fire Killed up to 10,000 Redwood Trees, at Least 10% of World's Supply


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A California wildfire that ravaged the southern Sierra Nevada last year resulted in the loss of a tenth of the world's mature giant sequoias.

The report used satellite imagery and modeling from previous fires, finding that between 10% and 14% of the world's mature giant sequoia population was wiped out.

Forest managers remarked that the loss of the trees would have a significant impact on the environment for years to come. Redwoods are some of the most efficient natural oxygen scrubbers, removing and storing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. They also serve as essential habitat for wildlife and protect the watershed for farms and communities on the San Joaquin Valley floor.

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