Forest and Grassland Carbon in North America: A Short Course for Land Managers

This course was designed to provide land managers with a range of presentations by experts on carbon science, management, and policy. Before the video capture, each presentation was critiqued by scientists and managers, and then improved to provide the best information possible. The result is a series of presentations that provide relevant information, link to numerous tools and resources, and that management professionals can watch at their convenience. Visit the full course Web page for related resources and more.

Recording Date(s):: 
03/29/2011 - 03/31/2011
Venue:: 
Natural Bridge State Park, KY
Collection Sponsor(s): 
US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
US Forest Service Northern Research Station
US Forest Service Eastern Region
US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region
Logs being transported by truck
Presenter: Ken Skog

What is a carbon neutrality number and how can we ensure that wood used to produce energy makes sense from a carbon offset standpoint?

fire disturbance in a forest
Presenter: Mike Ryan

See how climate change and increased disturbances from fire, insects and other sources will affect the forest carbon cycle. Carbon losses can be fully recovered, if the forest regenerates after the disturbance and if given enough time.

forest variables that regulate carbon fluxes and storage
Presenter: Christian Giardina

Learn about gross primary production, photosynthesis, respiration and senescence, and the effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 and ozone on forest stand productivity.

Map of private forestland ownership
Presenter: Sarah Hines

Wondering about carbon offsets, credits, baselines, permanence and leakage? Get the carbon basics here and find out why forest offsets could be a bridge to the future.

Rows of planted trees
Presenter: Andrea Tuttle

Andrea Tuttle takes a look at forest carbon markets and how these can be used to capture and hold carbon on the landscape.

Landscape burned by wildfire
Presenter: Bernard Bormann

Presents a western U.S. perspective on forest management for carbon sequestration, and the above and below- ground carbon consequences of different management strategies.

forested land in the midwestern US
Presenter: Richard Birdsey

The Eastern U.S. forest perspective on carbon sequestration and examples of forest carbon management projects.

map of aboveground live tree biomass
Presenter: Christopher Woodall

Get the scoop on forestland carbon storage in the United States, which helps offset approximately 12% of US carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

Fall grassland and sky
Presenter: Rebecca McCulley

Grasslands, which make up 30% of the U.S. land surface, store significant amounts of carbon belowground in roots and soils. Learn how disturbances such as drought, grazing, fire and tillage can significantly impact the grassland carbon balance.

Aerial view of deforestation
Presenter: Andrea Tuttle

Andrea Tuttle discusses the drivers of deforestation, current international approaches to reducing emissions and lessons learned from REDD pilot programs.

world soil carbon map
Presenter: Chris Swanston

Introduction to how carbon is distributed globally in soils, vegetation, the atmosphere and the ocean, and how carbon moves between these pools.

a view of life underground
Presenter: Luke Nave

The largest terrestrial carbon pool is contained in soils. Carbon stored in soils plays a number of important roles, including keeping carbon out of the atmosphere and improving moisture and nutrient retention.

City view from above
Presenter: David Nowak

Trees in cities provide important ecosystem services and help to reduce the urban heat island effect and lower building energy use.

screenshot of COLE tool
Presenter: Coeli Hoover

Find about the many tools that are available from the US Forest Service for forest carbon estimation, as well as their strengths and limitations.

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