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Meeting Global Policy Commitments: Carbon Sequestration and Southern Pine Forests

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Abstract:

In managed forests, the amount of carbon further sequestered will be determined by (1) the increased amount of carbon in standing biomass (resulting from land-use changes and increased productivity); (2) the amount of recalcitrant carbon remaining below ground at the end of rotations; and (3) the amount of carbon sequestered in products created from harvested wood. Because of the region's high productivity and industrial infrastructure, carbon sequestration via southern pine forests could be increased, and this may benefit the nation in terms of global policy commitments.

Keywords: carbon sequestration; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; southern pine forests

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Project Leader USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, PO Box 12254 Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709, kjohnsen@fs.fed.us 2: Project Leader USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, PO Box 12254 Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709 3: Associate Professor School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 4: Professor Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens 5: Team Leader USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, PO Box 12254 Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709 6: Assistant Professor Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens 7: Biological Scientist USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, PO Box 12254 Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709 8: Project Leader USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, Pineville, Louisiana 9: Professor Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh 10: Professor Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg 11: Associate Staff Scientist Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 12: Research Scientist USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, PO Box 12254 Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709 13: Project Leader Plantation Production Research, Westvaco Corporation, Summerville, South Carolina

Publication date: 2001-04-01

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