Understanding Carbon Sequestration in Howland Forest

A team of scientists from the US Forest ServiceUniversity of MaineQueen's UniversityHarvard University and Woods Hole Research Center study the forest near Howland, Maine, to measure carbon sequestration -- the amount of carbon that the forest accumulates in trees, deadwood and soil -- and the conditions that favor this storage of carbon. This research furthers the understanding of how different factors affect the rate at which forests store carbon and how carbon storage might change in the future.

view of Howland ForestAn important result from the carbon flux studies is the finding that this "over-mature" forest is still actively sequestering large quantities of carbon from the atmosphere. Related studies on adjacent commercial forestland showed that the reduction in carbon uptake following a shelterwood harvest only lasted about 7 years.

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