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Forestry Sequestration of CO2 and Markets for Timber

Roger Sedjo and Brent Sohngen

The purpose of this study is to examine and assess the interactions between carbon sequestration forestry, particularly, newly created carbon forests, and the markets for timber. The approach of this study involves utilizing an existing Dynamic Timber Supply Model to examine the interactions between newly created sequestration forests and the markets for timber. This model has been used to examine global timber supply and, more recently, has been modified to include carbon considerations. This study suggests that even without any specific sequestration efforts, commercial forestry offers the potential to sequester substantial volumes of carbon, approaching ten gigatons (Gt), in vegetation, soils and market products over the next century. At current rates of atmospheric carbon build-up this is equal to about three years of net carbon releases into the atmosphere.

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