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The study of sustainable production of trees for wood, fuel, or other uses; silviculture; maintenance of forest ecosystems.

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Calculating basal area per acre from variable radius plots

I have a variable-radius forest inventory that contains diameter at breast height (DBH) and basal area factor (BAF) data for each tree. I'd like to calculate the basal area per acre, but since the ...
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Where do forests store the carbon?

I am beginning to doubt the obvious answer: in the branches and trunk. The soil organic carbon (SOC) pool is larger than global vegetation and the atmospheric pool combined source Forest soils store ...
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What percentage of wood is harvested for production of paper products?

What percentage of wood is harvested for paper and cardboard production? I need more or less recent data please. What I found is a 1999 publication that calculated that it's 42% excluding fuelwood. It'...
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Should we recycle paper products?

Should we recycle paper products given what this paper pointed out? In "Limited climate benefits of global recycling of pulp and paper" (pdf) they write: We [...] show that additional ...
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How is lumbering bad for the climate?

How is lumbering bad for the climate? Don't final products still store that carbon? What do those calculations mean (example [ch. 3], methodology [ch. 4])? The report says it doesn't include in-use ...
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Is FSC certification something I should pay attention to? [closed]

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is supposed to be granted to "responsible" producers of timber, but Greenpeace doesn't see much difference between certified and non-...
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What portion of the carbon credit market goes to reforestation/forest conservation projects?

In my understanding the supply side of the carbon credit market involves a wide range of different methods to sequester or otherwise prevent carbon from entering the atmosphere (renewable energy, fuel ...
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Would moving baby trees help with carbon sequestration?

There are areas in the country I live in where deforestation has been extreme. I'm thinking of going to transplant smaller trees from the neighboring forests. Does this make sense? Could I end up ...
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What is the climate impact of planting one tree?

I was reading the news today, and noticed that in the UN Climate Summit, it was decided that over 11 billion trees will be planted to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. I was thinking that ...
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How is amount of wood measured?

There has been some confusion here related to measurement of amounts of wood. There are at least the following units of wood measurement: loose cubic meter of wood stack cubic meter of wood solid ...
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Is burning wood the same as letting it biodegrade from a CO2 emissions perspective?

I always thought, that burning wood, would be bad for the total CO2 in the atmosphere until I heard it being pitched as "renewable energy". Now I am slightly unsure. The logic goes like this: Wood ...
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How can an individual support mass reforestation?

There's lots of benefits and threats to forest, and given our current, pervasive, and severe ecological challenges, forests are more important than ever. However, it's not obvious what the best ...
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Which consumes more carbon dioxide: a fully grown forest or a newly planted one that is growing?

I was talking to some friends and one of them claims that it is more efficient to combat global warming by cutting the trees and replanting them because a growing forest consumes more CO2. (Firstly, a ...
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How should biochar be used in a forest soil?

Is there a good way to put biochar into a forest, or should it be in there before you plant the forest?
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How do I properly colonize trees to work together in a food forest?

I'm building an agroforestry (food forest) area in the yard, and was wondering how to exactly lay out the plants so they work well together. I'm putting in: Aronia X2 American Persimmon X2 Red ...
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What type/breed of animals do I want for food forest maintenance?

I'm currently building a food forest that I plan to gate in to protect animals. What type/breed of animals should I look into for keeping the forest floor clean?
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What type of guinea pigs will keep a food forest well cleaned?

I'm building a food forest, and was wondering what type of guinea pigs would work best to keep a food forest floor clean while not harming my plants so I can have plenty of food as well as getting ...
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What are eco-friendly substitutes of wood?

Are there any eco-friendly substitutes of wood? With similar attributes (such as strength, rate of biodegradability, safe for the environment, etc.). My long-term intend is to save our environment ...
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How much wood can I burn sustainably, carbon neutral and in an ecologically responsible way from a forest?

While wood can - in theory - be a carbon neutral fuel, in practice burning wood creates a huge carbon debt and it may take a long time for all the carbon released by logging, soil degradation and so ...
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What strategy to follow for thinning a woodlot?

I have a woodlot roughly 10 acres (4 hectares) from which I harvest firewood. From a permaculture perspective, this is my Zone 4; Zone 5 lies along the back edge of the woodlot. I'm in the northeast ...
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Planting trees for firewood - how many?

I'd like to heat my house using self-grown firewood. How do I go about calculating the number of trees I'd need to plant each year to make it sustainable - same number of trees harvested each year as ...
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