Low-Carbon Technologies: Forest Management

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There are a number of management strategies that can be used to maintain forests, such as use of new fertilizers, agro-forestry, multi-purpose forestry, and soil restoration.  In determining whether to use forest land to sequester carbon or to produce biomass fuel, the efficiency of the use of biomass fuel plays a significant role.  Some articles argue that protection of the carbon stock should be the central management objective, as opposed to biomass fuel production.  One study even found that mean carbon sequestration was significantly greater for a no management scenario compared to any active management scenario, but that study did not include the emissions benefits associated with substituting wood fiber for other construction materials or energy sources.  The Kyoto Protocol does not apparently recognize forest management as a carbon mitigation policy, which makes forest management a less attractive option.