A synthesis of current knowledge on forests and carbon storage in the United States.

  title={A synthesis of current knowledge on forests and carbon storage in the United States.},
  author={Duncan C. McKinley and Michael G. Ryan and Richard Birdsey and Christian P. Giardina and Mark E. Harmon and Linda S. Heath and Richard A. Houghton and Robert B. Jackson and James F. Morrison and Brian C. Murray and Diane E Patakl and Kenneth E. Skog},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={21 6},
  • D. McKinleyM. G. Ryan K. Skog
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
Using forests to mitigate climate change has gained much interest in science and policy discussions. We examine the evidence for carbon benefits, environmental and monetary costs, risks and trade-offs for a variety of activities in three general strategies: (1) land use change to increase forest area (afforestation) and avoid deforestation; (2) carbon management in existing forests; and (3) the use of wood as biomass energy, in place of other building materials, or in wood products for carbon… 

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