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Effects of Carbon Markets on the Optimal Management of Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii) Plantations

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Global climate change is a growing concern among many policy makers. This concern has led to substantial interest in using forests as one option to mitigate climate change. In this article, the effect of internalizing carbon sequestration benefits on the optimal management of slash pine plantations is explored. Results suggest that without carbon benefits, it is optimal to use herbicide and bedding but not fertilizer because the increase in timber yield does not justify the high cost of fertilizer. With carbon benefits, however, the use of fertilizer becomes profitable. Thus a carbon market would likely induce plantation owners to increase their management intensity, which may in turn also have significant impacts on the amount of carbon sequestered. For example, by allowing the management regime to vary in addition to rotation age, the amount of carbon sequestered decreased from 204 to 164 metric tons of carbon per acre when carbon prices increased from $40 to $200 per metric ton. Thus increasing carbon sequestration on the intensive margin may be less feasible than previously supposed, but increasing on the extensive margin may be highly practicable South. J. Appl. For. 29(1):27–32.
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Keywords: Carbon sequestration; carbon supply; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; land expectation value; natural resource management; natural resources; profitability

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Forest Resources and Conservation University of Florida PO Box 110410 Gainesville FL 32611-0410 (352) 846-0899, Email: 2: Florida State University Tallahassee FL

Publication date: 2005-02-01

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