Forest treatment burn pile (IMAGE) University of California - Berkeley Caption Thinning treatments reduce the risk of wildfire and provide ecological benefits for California’s forests, but they also generate wood residues that are often burnt or left to decay, releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A new analysis by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, shows how incentivizing industries that convert wood residues into useful products — including biofuels and construction-quality engineered lumber — could fund forest thinning treatments while preventing the release of carbon. Credit UC Berkeley photo by Bodie Cabiyo Usage Restrictions with credit License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.