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1 Managing for Forest Carbon Storage

2 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change

3 Kyoto Protocol Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and methane) to 5% below 1990 levels by 2008 Forestry: Can offset emissions by sequestering carbon Only applies to reforestation or afforestation in developing countries In developed countries, 5 % of emissions can be offset

4 Simplified Global Carbon Cycle

5 The World's Carbon Reservoirs ReservoirSize (Gt C) Atmosphere 750 Forests 610 Soils1580 Surface ocean1020 Deep ocean38,100 Fossil Fuels Coal4,000 Oil500 Natural Gas500 Total Fossil Fuel5,000


7 NPP estimation from FIA plots Jenkins, J.C., Birdsey, R.A., and Pan, Y. 2001. Biomass and NPP estimation for the mid-Atlantic (USA) region using plot-level forest inventory data. Ecological Applications 11: 1174-1193.

8 Quantifying Carbon Storage: Multiple components and fluxes

9 Dendrometer bands on all tally trees are used to measure wood increment over periods shorter than standard FIA remeasurement interval. Measurements are made annually (major growth occurs in the spring).

10 Eight litterbaskets are placed on each plot (2 baskets per subplot) where they do not interfere with other indicator measurements. Litterfall data are collected at one-two month intervals year-round. Annual results are calculated per plot as the mean of these litter measurements.

11 Potential aboveground forest biomass (Mg ha -1 )

12 Schimel et al. (2000). Contribution of increasing CO 2 and climate to carbon storage by ecosystems in the United States. Science 287: 2004-2006.


14 Carbon plantation in the Phillipines 311 million acres (126 million hectares) of low-yield cropland and pasture Converted to forests, would sequester 50 tons of carbon per ha per year

15 Carbon Silviculture: Uneven-aged

16 Yield vs. Carbon Storage in Northern Hardwoods 40 cm max. 50 cm max.80-100 cm max. Maximized volume production Selection harvest + old-growth structure after multiple cutting cycles Maximized large sawtimber volume and value growth Low CarbonMedium Carbon High Carbon

17 Carbon Silviculture: Even-aged

18 0 % 100 %80 % 20 %80 % 20 % Removal at Harvest Retention at Harvest Entries per Rotation Age Classes 1 2 - 3 4 or more Even-aged (1 class) Multi-aged (2-3 classes) Uneven-aged (4 or more classes) Figure from Franklin et al. (1997) Variable Retention Harvest System

19 Estimates of potential carbon credit values range from $2 to $60 per ton of C. Kyoto agreement not yet ratified, so future value not yet established. Could increase substantially as international carbon markets develop Foresters can view carbon revenue as supplemental in managed forests. Carbon value co-varies with saw timber quality, so this may be an advantageous management approach where high yield fiber production is not the dominant objective Carbon Revenue

20 1. Base Year Issues





25 Collins Pine, Inc., California Lands 95,000 acres in northern CA, 75,000 acres in southern OR Produce 75 and 40 million board feet annually respectively Public hiking (including special buffer along the Pacific Crest Trail) and camping allowed Full protection for streams and wetlands Enrolled in carbon credit trading

26 Collins Pine, Inc. Pennsylvania lands 126,000 acres Produces 20 million board feet per year of high quality timber Public hiking and camping allowed Full protection for streams and wetlands Enrolled in carbon credit trading

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