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Title: Greenhouse Gas Balance of Native Forests in New South Wales, Australia
Contributor(s): Ximenes, Fabiano de Aquino (author); George, Brendan  (author); Cowie, Annette  (author); Williams, Justin (author); Kelly, Georgina (author)
Publication Date: 2012
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.3390/f3030653Open Access Link
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Abstract: To quantify the climate change impacts of forestry and forest management options, we must consider the entire forestry system: the carbon dynamics of the forest, the life cycle of harvested wood products, and the substitution benefit of using biomass and wood products compared to more greenhouse gas intensive options. This paper presents modelled estimates of the greenhouse gas balance of two key native forest areas managed for production in New South Wales for a period of 200 years, and compares it to the option of managing for conservation only. These two case studies show that forests managed for production provide the greatest ongoing greenhouse gas benefits, with long-term carbon storage in products, and product substitution benefits critical to the outcome. Thus native forests could play a significant part in climate change mitigation, particularly when sustainably managed for production of wood and non-wood products including biomass for bio-energy. The potential role of production forestry in mitigating climate change, though substantial, has been largely overlooked in recent Australian climate change policy.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Forests, 3(3), p. 653-683
Publisher: MDPIAG
Place of Publication: Switzerland
ISSN: 1999-4907
Field of Research (FOR): 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified
070599 Forestry Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
820104 Native Forests
961403 Forest and Woodlands Soils
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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