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Forest Management for Carbon Sequestration and Climate Adaptation

Author(s):

Christopher Swanston
Jad Daley
Meredith Cornett
Steve Hagenbuch
Cathy Handrick
Liza Mccarthy
Nancy Patch

Year:

2019

Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Northern Research Station

Source:

Journal of Forestry

Description

The importance of forests for sequestering carbon has created widespread interest among land managers for identifying actions that maintain or enhance carbon storage in forests. Managing for forest carbon under changing climatic conditions underscores a need for resources that help identify adaptation actions that align with carbon management. We developed the Forest Carbon Management Menu to help translate broad carbon management concepts into actionable tactics that help managers reduce risk from expected climate impacts in order to meet desired management goals. We describe examples of real-world forest-management planning projects that integrate climate change information with this resource to identify actions that simultaneously benefit forest carbon along with other project goals. These examples highlight that the inclusion of information on climate vulnerability, considering the implications of management actions over extended timescales, and identifying co-benefits for other management goals can reveal important synergies in managing for carbon and climate adaptation.

Citation

Ontl, Todd A; Janowiak, Maria K; Swanston, Christopher W; Daley, Jad; Handler, Stephen; Cornett, Meredith; Hagenbuch, Steve; Handrick, Cathy; Mccarthy, Liza; Patch, Nancy. 2019. Forest Management for Carbon Sequestration and Climate Adaptation. Journal of Forestry. 118(1): 86-101. https://doi.org/10.1093/jofore/fvz062.

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