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Sequestering Carbon and Improving Soils: Benefits of Mulching and Incorporating Forest Slash

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Restoring the carbon and nutrient capital of degraded soils is an important goal for forest land managers in the southern United States. Models and preliminary field studies on loblolly pine indicate that incorporating slash into forest soil improves nutrients and carbon accumulation. Model simulations describe the potential to sequester carbon in soil, biomass, and wood products. The anticipated increases in carbon sequestered provide an opportunity for significant mitigation of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Moreover, the changes in soil properties, including better aeration, improved the environment for seedling survival and growth.

Keywords: carbon forestry; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; plantation forestry; soils

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Team Leader Soils Research Unit, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, PO Box 12254 Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709-2254, 2: Biological Scientist Soils Research Unit, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, PO Box 12254 Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709-2254

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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