U.S. Forest Service releases report on forest and grassland carbon

Forests in the contiguous US offset about 12 to 19% of total carbon dioxide emissions in the nation each year and forest management activities play a critical role in ensuring that ecosystems remain a net carbon sink. Recently, the U.S. Forest Service released a report titled Considering Forest and Grassland Carbon in Land Management which was authored by Maria Janowiak and eleven other scientists with the agency.

The report describes the role of forest and grassland ecosystems in the carbon cycle and provides information for considering carbon as one of many objectives for land management activities. Chapters address the global carbon cycle, ecosystem carbon storage and fluxes, carbon monitoring and accounting, carbon and land management, and U.S. Forest Service strategies and management. The authors conclude that “[land] management actions on public and private forests and grasslands can be designed to achieve carbon outcomes while meeting other sustainable resource management objectives.”  


Janowiak, M., W.J. Connelly, K. Dante-Wood, G.M. Domke, C. Giardina, Z. Kayler, K. Marcinkowski, T. Ontl, C. Rodriguez-Franco, C. Swanston, C.W. Woodall, and M. Buford. 2017. Considering forest and grassland carbon in land management. General Technical Report WO-95. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/54316