Carbon storage – native vs. introduced grasses for carbon storage
What effect does carbon have on the environment?
Carbon pollutes our air, increasing the greenhouse effect or global warming. Temperatures are said to rise. Polar ice caps said to melt. But it also plays a detrimental role on the environment and our own health.
So what does this have to do with grasses?
Just about everyone knows that trees store carbon. But did you know that grasses also play a major role in carbon storage?
Ok, so why native grasses and not just any grass?
When trees break down, either rapidly in a fire or slowly through death and decay, the carbon that was in their foliage is returned to the atmosphere. Thus tree carbon is only a relatively temporary solution to carbon sequestration.
When grasses die, the leaves decompose and also release carbon back to the atmosphere. So the selection of long-lived grasses is important if your aim is to provide a long-term carbon sink. Clearly native grasses are highly persistent in their natural environment and are a natural choice for this purpose.
Ok, ok? so what does this have to do with me?
Well, possibly nothing or possibly a lot. We just hope that with this valuable nugget of information, you will at least consider (or continue to consider) native grasses as an alternative to the cheap, low quality introduced grasses that can actually be harmful for our environment both in terms of carbon and in terms of fuel load for fires (which you learn more about from Bob Myers in this video).
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