In the Rogue Valley, what is the best type of tree to plant to reduce CO2? (Alan)
It’s probably best to plant a native since that will require less care, and water. Although the climate trends suggest that Douglas fir will ultimately be compromised by climate change, and many seem already to be dying, I am inclined to think this might be best. However, an alternative, that seems to survive well under relatively dry conditions is the Incense cedar.
Probably a second-tier option would be Ponderosa pine or Jeffrey pine, but my sense is that these are less effective at carbon sequestration.
It’s tempting to think of fast growing tree such as the cottonwood and poplar, but unless you have a riparian site in mind, these probably would not be optimal.