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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.

Matt Russell 

GRAPH OF THE MONTH
Trees and forests sequester carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Despite the increasing importance of understanding the amount of carbon that forests can store and sequester, easy-to-access information at the state level is difficult to obtain. We recently worked with the Forest Resources Association to create a series of fact sheets at the state, region, and national level.
Get the fact sheets.

States in the southeastern United States have seen the biggest gains in forest carbon over the last 30 years. Western US states have seen some carbon decreases. This new post looks at the last 30 years of changes in forest carbon across US states.

Read the post.
Random forests is a machine learning approach that is becoming more popular with forestry data. This new blog post gives a general overview of random forests and how they can solve problems in forestry.
Read the post.
Now available online is the paper "Nine tips to improve your everyday forest data analysis" from the Journal of Forestry. This is an article for forestry professionals that use data in their daily work. 
Get the paper (free access).
UPCOMING WORKSHOP
 
I'll be leading a short workshop on using R Statistical Software for Invasive Species Applications at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference. This virtual workshop will take place on November 6, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Registration for the workshop is free and is now open.
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