Environmental impacts of sequestering carbon through forestation

Jeffrey Englin, J. M. Callaway

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Abstract

One suggestion to reduce the threat of global warming is to change the management of forests to offset carbon emissions. This study examines the impacts of such a policy on environmental amenities in existing Douglas-fir forests. In this analysis Douglas-fir forest management is modelled in a Faustmann framework, where the forest produces three goods: timber, carbon sequestration and amenities. The level of amenities under profit-maximizing and carbon-sequestration management regimes are compared. The change in the level of seven specific amenities is modelled. These amenities include trout, wildlife diversity, visual aesthetics, soil stability, deer populations, elk populations, and water yield. The study finds that the effect of a carbon sequestration policy will depend on the discount rate chosen. In most situations externalities vary less than plus or minus 10%. Those externalities that exhibit discontinuities in their relationship to forest age may vary by 100% or more depending on the discount rate used. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClimatic Change
Pages67-78
Number of pages12
Volume31
Edition1
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Global and Planetary Change

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    Englin, J., & Callaway, J. M. (1995). Environmental impacts of sequestering carbon through forestation. In Climatic Change (1 ed., Vol. 31, pp. 67-78)