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Title: Forest management for mitigation and adaptation: insights from long-term silvicultural experiments

Author: D'Amato, Anthony W.; Bradford, John B.; Fraver, Shawn; Palik, Brian J.

Date: 2011

Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 262: 803-816.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Developing management strategies for addressing global climate change has become an increasingly important issue influencing forest management around the globe. Currently, management approaches are being proposed that intend to (1) mitigate climate change by enhancing forest carbon stores and (2) foster adaptation by maintaining compositionally and structurally complex forests. However, little is known about the compatibility of these two objectives or the long-term efficacy of a given management regime at simultaneously achieving adaptation and mitigation. To address this need, we examined stand-level carbon and complexity responses using five long-term (>50 yrs) silviculture experiments within the upper Great Lakes region, USA. In particular, live tree carbon stores and sequestration rates, and compositional and structural complexity were analyzed from three thinning experiments in Pinus resinosa and two selection method experiments in northern hardwood systems to elucidate the longterm effects of management on these ecosystem attributes and the general compatibility of mitigation and adaptation objectives.

Keywords: carbon storage, climate change adaptation, forest thinning, selection methods, northern hardwoods, Pinus resinosa

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D'Amato, Anthony W.; Bradford, John B.; Fraver, Shawn; Palik, Brian J. 2011. Forest management for mitigation and adaptation: insights from long-term silvicultural experiments. Forest Ecology and Management. 262: 803-816.


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