Scientists make case for stabilizing forest carbon to help mitigate climate change by Steve Carr, University of New Mexico

by Steve Carr, University of New Mexico


There’s no doubt that climate change is affecting ecosystems as well as the lifestyles of plants and animals around the globe. As temperatures rise, so do the complexity of the issues. Scientists, both in the United States and around the world, are actively pursuing mitigation solutions while providing governments with the understanding of natural hazards to help stem the effects of climate change.


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The Michigan State University Forest Carbon and Climate Program (MSU FCCP) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 5 from 3:00 – 4:00pm EST in collaboration with the Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) as part of our 2018-19 Learning Exchange Series. This session will feature Speaker Michael Catania, Executive Director of Duke Farms, who will present “Natural Climate Solutions in New Jersey: Rejoining RGGI and a Case Study of Duke Farms.” The session will be followed by an open …

Climate Hub News

The mission of the USDA Climate Hubs is to develop and deliver science-based, region-specific information and technologies, with USDA agencies and partners, to agricultural and natural resource managers that enable climate-informed decision-making, and to provide access to assistance to implement those decisions.  This is in alignment with the USDA mission to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
The Hubs provide technical …

Past Climate Forests Woodlands CoP/ANREP Climate Science Initiative Webinars

Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A comprehensive science synthesisEffects of Drough Jim Vose
Webinar Date: May 5, 2016

Dr. Jim Vose presents the key findings of the report Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A comprehensive science synthesis.  Edited by Forest Service scientists in partnership with Duke University, the document provides a valuable new tool to inform discussion, planning and implementation of adaptation strategies for land managers and policy makers. The collaborative …

Climate effects on Longleaf Pine seed production

Those in the longleaf pine range may be aware that the existing area of longleaf is but a scant remnant of its original distribution. Organizations and initiatives throughout the Southeastern US are actively working to restore and expand the acreage of this stately native tree.  Variations in climate may present a new challenge to this effort, as USDA Forest Service scientists are currently discovering just how complex the relationship is between longleaf pine seed production and climate.  

Longleaf Pine Range Map 1966
Longleaf Pine Range

How does urban forestry relate to carbon sequestration?

The urban forestry profession is the care and maintenance of trees within our communities. 


By maintaining trees, we help to extend their lifespans. During a tree’s life, it continually takes in carbon in the form of carbon dioxide. With water and energy from the sun, each tree produces food to support itself. By taking in the carbon and holding on to it to grow and form new plant cells, the tree sequesters the carbon for the life of that tree. …

Urban Forests & Climate Change: Urban Forest Project Protocol

Adapted from:” McPherson, E.G.; J.R. Simpson; P.J. Peper; and E. Aguaron. 2008. Urban Forestry and Climate Change. Albany, CA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. Available at:

The Urban Forest Project Protocol, one of many protocols developed by the Climate Action Reserve, seeks to increase carbon storage by urban trees and quantify how tree planting, maintenance, and improved management activities reduce greenhouse gases. The Protocol provides detailed guidance to ensure that tree projects meet eligibility requirements, produce …

Urban Forestry and Carbon Storage

Carbon Storage in Urban ForestsExcerpt from: Ryan, M.G., M.E. Harmon, R.A. Birdsey, C.P. Giardina, L.S. Heath, R.A. Houghton, R.B. Jackson, D.C. McKinley, J.F. Morrison, B.C. Murray, D.E. Pataki, and K.E. Skog. 2010. A Synthesis of the Science on Forests and Carbon for U.S. Forests. Issues in Ecology, Report Number 13, Spring 2010.

Urban forestry offers very limited potential to store carbon, but we address urban forests here because of the large interest in using them to offset carbon emissions and because urban trees provide …