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Global warming may spur increased growth in Pacific Northwest forests
Date:10/19/2009

equestration in the future.

  • Responses to these projected future changes may depend largely on who owns the land, since private and public landowners often have different management objectives.

    Forest productivity is important to consider for a range of issues, the researchers noted in their study, including potential timber harvest, habitat for wildlife, fuels that increase fire risk, carbon sequestration and other issues.

    The study is also now being extended into Alaska, the researchers said.

    "Water availability turned out to be an important factor for much of Oregon and Washington," said Tara Barrett, a co-author and research scientist with the U.S. Forest Service. "We're extending the project to coastal Alaska, where length of growing season is likely to be a more important factor than water availability, so it will be interesting to see if results are similar for that region."

    Forests and their potential growth may also play a significant role in future mitigation efforts to reduce greenhouse warming and the use of "carbon credits," experts say.


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    Oregon State University
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