Fuel treatment effects on tree‐based forest carbon storage and emissions under modeled wildfire scenarios

  title={Fuel treatment effects on tree‐based forest carbon storage and emissions under modeled wildfire scenarios},
  author={Matthew D. Hurteau and Malcolm P. North},
  journal={Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment},
  • M. HurteauM. North
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Environmental Science
  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Forests are viewed as a potential sink for carbon (C) that might otherwise contribute to climate change. It is unclear, however, how to manage forests with frequent fire regimes to maximize C storage while reducing C emissions from prescribed burns or wildfire. We modeled the effects of eight different fuel treatments on tree-based C storage and release over a century, with and without wildfire. Model runs show that, after a century of growth without wildfire, the control stored the most C… 

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