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    Public lands are important constituents of the U.S. carbon (C) balance because they encompass large areas of forests and rangelands, although whether and how C might be actively managed on public lands is not yet clear. A decision to manage public lands for their C benefits would involve a complex set of interacting drivers and multiple jurisdictions, and would, as they are now, be governed by laws mandating multiple uses of land in the public domain.

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    Dilling, Lisa; Birdsey, Richard; Pan, Yude. 2013. Opportunities and challenges for carbon management on US public lands Chapter 18. In: Brown, D.G.; Robinson, D.T.; French, N.H.F.; Reed, B.C., eds. Land use and the carbon cycle: advances in integrated science, management and policy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Press. 455-476.

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