Global forests capture and store significant amounts of CO2 through photosynthesis. When carbon is removed from forests through harvest, a portion of the harvested carbon is stored in wood products, often for many decades. The United States Forest Service (USFS) and other agencies are interested in accurately accounting for carbon flux associated with harvested wood products (HWP) to meet greenhouse gas monitoring commitments and climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives. This paper uses the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) production accounting approach and the California Forest Project Protocol (CFPP) to estimate HWP carbon storage from 1906 to 2010 for the USFS Northern Region, which includes forests in northern Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and eastern Washington.
harvested wood products (HWP)
Stockmann, Keith D.; Anderson, Nathaniel M.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Healey, Sean P.; Loeffler, Dan R.; Jones, Greg; Morrison, James F. 2012. Estimates of carbon stored in harvested wood products from the United States Forest Service Northern Region, 1906-2010. Carbon Balance and Management. 7: 1-16.