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    Author(s): Katherine C. Kelsey; Kallie L. Barnes; Michael G. Ryan; Jason C. Neff
    Date: 2014
    Source: Carbon Balance and Management. 9: 6.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Forests store large amounts of carbon in forest biomass, and this carbon can be released to the atmosphere following forest disturbance or management. In the western US, forest fuel reduction treatments designed to reduce the risk of high severity wildfire can change forest carbon balance by removing carbon in the form of biomass, and by altering future potential wildfire behavior in the treated stand. Forest treatment carbon balance is further affected by the fate of this biomass removed from the forest, and the occurrence and intensity of a future wildfire in this stand. In this study we investigate the carbon balance of a forest treatment with varying fates of harvested biomass, including use for bioenergy electricity production, and under varying scenarios of future disturbance and regeneration.

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    Kelsey, Katherine C.; Barnes, Kallie L.; Ryan, Michael G.; Neff, Jason C. 2014. Short and long-term carbon balance of bioenergy electricity production fueled by forest treatments. Carbon Balance and Management. 9: 6.

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    Keywords

    forest carbon, bioenergy, climate change, carbon emissions, forest management, fuels treatment, wildfire, Forest Vegetation Simulator

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