A new pilot reforestation project in Southern California will help reduce the effects of global warming by removing up to 1,400 tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year, officials said Monday.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the U.S. Forest Service and a local environmental group, TreePeople, marked the start of the project by planting some of the 50,000 seedlings that will dot the Angeles National Forest and other areas by late spring.
The officials announced the project at a news conference at the forest's Arroyo Seco district, just above La Canada Flintridge. Trees will be planted throughout the region.
TreePeople founder Andy Lipkis said each tree can remove up to 160 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
"Planting trees removes pollutants from the air, cools urban temperatures and conserves energy," Lipkis said. "Assuming a 50-year life for the trees planted and a 35% survival rate for this project, as much as 70,000 tons of carbon dioxide could be removed from the atmosphere."