Canadian Forest Service Publications

Carbon storage and net primary productivity in Canadian boreal mixedwood stands. 2019. Payne, N.J.; Cameron, D.A.; Leblanc, J.-D.; Morrison, I.K. Journal of Forest Research:

Year: 2019

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39636

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1007/s11676-019-00886-0

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The publication provides field measurements of carbon stocks and net primary productivity (NPP), i.e., rate of carbon sequestration, in boreal mixedwood forest stands of various ages; the objective was to provide information to inform boreal forest management decisions, with the goal of ameliorating climate change by increasing boreal forest carbon sequestration and storage. A comparison was made of the present and published carbon stocks and NPP in mixedwood, coniferous and deciduous boreal stands of various ages and basal areas. The comparison showed that carbon stocks in mature boreal mixedwood stands were typically at or above those found in other mature boreal forest ecosystems. Also, at all ages the detritus and soil carbon represent a large fraction of stocks. NPP was typically higher in juvenile stands than in mature boreal forest. Also, for stands of a given basal area, carbon stocks and sequestration were generally higher in mixedwood and deciduous stands, as compared to coniferous ones. These data are of use in guiding boreal forest management decisions, and in developing computer models of carbon stocks and NPP for application in reaching those decisions. Forests are a large and important global sink and reservoir for atmospheric carbon and should be managed to take advantage of these characteristics to ameliorate climate change, for the benefit of Canadians and the global community.