A comparison of sequestering carbon in forests in the U.S

Ching Hsun Huang, Gary D. Kronrad, Richard Bates, Michael Nentwich

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Abstract

Global concern over increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere leading to possible future climate changes have generated interest in offsetting CO2 emissions by storing carbon in forests. Carbon-sequestering forest activities may be one of the least expensive approaches to mitigate the build up of atmospheric CO2. However, the fact that forest management practices are species, site and management objective specific increases the complexity of using the forestry sector to mitigate global warming. In order to provide useful and timely information concerning carbon sequestration, this study investigated three forestry-based opportunities for sequestering carbon in the U.S.: conversion of marginal agricultural land to forests and reforestation of poorly stocked pine plantations in the South, afforestation of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV), and reclamation and afforestation of abandoned mined lands (AML). This study conducted economic analyses on three region-species combinations: loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) in the southern states, cherrybark oak (Quercus pagoda Raf.) in the LMAV, and northern red oak (Quercus rubra L.) on AML in West Virginia. The objectives of this study were to determine the profitability of managing these three commercial tree species for timber production only and for the combination of timber production and carbon sequestration, and calculate net tonnes of carbon stored during one rotation and net revenues generated from each ton of carbon sequestered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventElectric Utilities Environmental Conference, EUEC 2005: 8th Annual Joint EPA, DOE, EEI, EPRI Conference on Air Quality, Global Climate Change and Renewable Energy - Tucson, AZ, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2005Jan 26 2005

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OtherElectric Utilities Environmental Conference, EUEC 2005: 8th Annual Joint EPA, DOE, EEI, EPRI Conference on Air Quality, Global Climate Change and Renewable Energy
CountryUnited States
CityTucson, AZ
Period1/24/051/26/05

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    Huang, C. H., Kronrad, G. D., Bates, R., & Nentwich, M. (2006). A comparison of sequestering carbon in forests in the U.S. Paper presented at Electric Utilities Environmental Conference, EUEC 2005: 8th Annual Joint EPA, DOE, EEI, EPRI Conference on Air Quality, Global Climate Change and Renewable Energy, Tucson, AZ, United States.