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    Author(s): Jeanine M. Rhemtulla; David J. Mladenoff; Murray K. Clayton
    Date: 2009
    Source: In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 1-6.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    One-third of net CO2 emissions to the atmosphere since 1850 are the result of land-use change, primarily from the clearing of forests for timber and agriculture, but quantifying these changes is complicated by the lack of historical data on both former ecosystem conditions and the extent and spatial configuration of subsequent land use. Using fine-resolution historical survey records, we reconstruct pre-EuroAmerican settlement (1850s) forest carbon in the state of Wisconsin, examine changes in carbon after logging and agricultural conversion, and assess the potential for future sequestration through forest recovery.

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    Citation

    Rhemtulla, Jeanine M.; Mladenoff, David J.; Clayton, Murray K. 2009. Historical forest baselines reveal potential for continued carbon sequestration. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 1-6.

    Keywords

    forest-agriculture trade-offs, old-growth forest, Eastern North America, land-use history, carbon sink

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