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Changes in timber haul emissions in the context of shifting forest management and infrastructure

Posted date: November 20, 2009
Publication Year: 
2009
Authors: Healey, Sean P.; Blackard, Jock A.; Morgan, Todd A.; Loeffler, Dan; Jones, Greg; Songster, Jon; Brandt, Jason P.; Moisen, Gretchen; DeBlander, Larry T.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Carbon Balance and Management. 4(9): doi:10.1186/1750-0680-4-9.

Abstract

Although significant amounts of carbon may be stored in harvested wood products, the extraction of that carbon from the forest generally entails combustion of fossil fuels. The transport of timber from the forest to primary milling facilities may in particular create emissions that reduce the net sequestration value of product carbon storage. However, attempts to quantify the effects of transport on the net effects of forest management typically use relatively sparse survey data to determine transportation emission factors. We developed an approach for systematically determining transport emissions using: 1) -remotely sensed maps to estimate the spatial distribution of harvests, and 2) - industry data to determine landscape-level harvest volumes as well as the location and processing totals of individual mills. These data support spatial network analysis that can produce estimates of fossil carbon released in timber transport.

Citation

Healey, Sean P.; Blackard, Jock A.; Morgan, Todd A.; Loeffler, Dan; Jones, Greg; Songster, Jon; Brandt, Jason P.; Moisen, Gretchen G.; DeBlander, Larry T. 2009. Changes in timber haul emissions in the context of shifting forest management and infrastructure. Carbon Balance and Management. 4(9): doi:10.1186/1750-0680-4-9.