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    Author(s): Daolan Zheng; Linda S. Heath; Mark J. Ducey
    Date: 2013
    Source: Carbon Balance and Management. 8(4). 14 p. doi:10.1186/1750-0680-8-4
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Conversion of forests to other land cover or land use releases the carbon stored in the forests and reduces carbon sequestration potential of the land. The rate of forest conversion could be reduced by establishing protected areas for biological diversity and other conservation goals. The purpose of this study is to quantify the efficiency and potential of forest land protection for mitigating GHG emissions. The estimated carbon benefit from the reduced forest loss based on current protected areas is 7 Tg C/yr, equivalent to the average carbon benefit per year for a previously proposed ten-year $110 million per year tree planting program scenario in the US. If there had been a program that could have reduced forest area loss by 20% in unprotected forestlands during 1992-2001, collectively the benefits from reduced forest loss would be equal to 9.4% of current net forest ecosystem carbon sequestration in the conterminous US.

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    Zheng, Daolan; Heath, Linda S.; Ducey, Mark J. 2013. Carbon benefits from protected areas in the conterminous United States. Carbon Balance and Management. 8(4). doi:10.1186/1750-0680-8-4


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    Afforestation and deforestation, Net deforestation rate, Protected and unprotected forestlands, Forest carbon emissions, Forest carbon sequestration

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