The Landing: where data and forests meet.
Carbon, carbon, carbon. Whatever you read in the forestry news today, there's a good chance the topic of carbon is mentioned. Agencies and foundations are going all in on programs like the Trillion Trees Initiative for the carbon benefits that planting trees provides. Companies are seeking to capitalize carbon in new programs for carbon markets.
Despite the increasing popularity of carbon, I am still amazed at how little we know about the numbers behind carbon estimates. Foresters can spit out the volume of board feet or the basal area in a stand, but values of tons per acre of carbon have largely not made it to the forester's vocabulary.
This month's newsletter highlights some new resources to get a better handle on forest carbon numbers. As politicians and Fortune 500 companies continue to recognize the value of forests in meeting sustainability goals, a better understanding on the current trends and status of carbon will be critical.
Here's to hoping you add a little more "carbon" to your forestry vocabulary.