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PRESTO: A Web-based Tool for Estimating Carbon in Wood Products

Photo of Cover of the PRESTO User Guide.Cover of the PRESTO User Guide.Snapshot : Carbon is stored not only in living trees but also in products made from the wood of harvested trees. PRESTO, an easy-to-use web-based tool for estimating the carbon in products made from harvested wood, is designed for use by everyone from industrial forest managers to small private forestland owners.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Hoover, Coeli 
Research Location : Durham, NH
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 812


Carbon is stored by forests in different pools, including living trees, soil, and down dead wood. Forest carbon is also stored in products made from harvested trees. Available methodsfor estimating the size of this carbon pool can be difficult to use, especially when tracking multiple stands or harvests over time. PRESTO (PRoduct EStimation Tool Online) is a web-based tool to help land managers and owners estimate the amount of carbon stored in products over time based on harvest volume, geographic region, and wood type. PRESTO was designed to be used by everyone from industrial forestland owners to small landowners, and can be used in an “easy” mode to explore the effects of changing the amounts of longer- and shorter-lived products, or with specific harvest data to produce stand-level reports. A user guide is available at PRESTO is currently available as a stand-alone tool, but may become part of the i-Tree suite of tools in the future.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Ken Skog
  • ESSA Technologies