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Forest Carbon: An essential natural solution to climate change

Paul Catanzaro and Anthony D’Amato
Created: 10/31/2019 - Updated: 10/31/2019

Abstract

Climate change can seem like an overwhelming challenge, and it can be diffcult to find meaningful ways to make a difference. The good news is that as a forest landowner, or as someone who helps to steward forests, you can have a significant impact on climate change through the land-use decisions you make—specifically your decisions about the future use and management of your forest. These land-use decisions play a regionally and globally important role in reducing the effects of climate change.

Many landowners have begun to ask how their forest management strategy a ects the carbon within their forest and thus the forest’s ability to mitigate climate change. Every strategy has its trade-offs; therefore, to meet all of society’s needs, we will ultimately need a mix of passive and active strategies across the region. What role will your forest play?

The intent of this publication is to help prepare you to make informed decisions about your land by giving you a better understanding of the role carbon plays within your forest, the impacts of various land-use options on forest carbon, and the trade-offs of these decisions.

 

Keywords

Sector Addressed: 
Forestry
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Terrestrial
Forest