OSU study: Carbon benefits in forest management change

Oregon could eliminate an estimated 17 percent of carbon emissions from its forest ecosystems in the next century by increasing the amount of forested area and lengthening times between harvests, according to a new study from the University of Idaho, Oregon State University and EcoSpatial Services LLC.

A team of scientists — led by Beverly Law, a professor in the College of Forestry at OSU; Tara Hudiburg, an assistant professor in U of I’s Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences in the College of Natural Resources; and U of I postdoctoral researcher Jeffrey Kent — analyzed how different forest management strategies in Oregon altered the annual net amount of carbon stored in the state’s forests and net carbon emissions entering the atmosphere.

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