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Collaborators:

Andrew Plantinga, Dept. of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Oregon State University

Anita Morzillo, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University

Christian Langpap, Dept. of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Oregon State University

Darius Adams, Dept. of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Oregon State University

Evan Mercer, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service

Greg Latta, Dept. of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Oregon State University

Climate Change Papers and Syntheses

To aid USDA policy makers, the USDA Forest Service has asked researchers to help develop information to respond to and/or analyze the economic consequences of policy options and better understand the role of forests and agriculture in mitigating climate change. Our team and cooperators have prepared briefing papers and supporting syntheses pertaining to the effects of climate change on the forest sector, and the potential role of the sector in climate change mitigation. U.S. forestry can play a substantial role in climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration—tree, litter, soil, and understory, and harvested wood products—and bioenergy feedstocks. Mitigation activities generally are quite competitive compared to opportunities in agriculture, including afforestation of agricultural land, affected by regional differences, dynamics of forest growth and carbon sequestration, forest ownership differences, and interactions with other sectors of the economy. The papers and syntheses on this web site will be periodically updated as more are added or current ones are updated or revised.

 

General Technical Reports:

Effects of climate change on natural resources and communities: A compendium of briefing papers

Economic modeling of effects of climate change on the forest sector and mitigation options

Woody biomass for bioenergy and biofuels in the United States

Briefing Papers:

Effects of Climate Change on the Forest Products Sector

Estimating Carbon Sequestration Costs

Forest Ownership in the Context of Climate Change Policy

Incentives for Carbon Sequestration on Private Lands

Rural Communities and Climate Change

Wildlife Impacts from Climate Change

Woody Biomass for Bioenergy

Syntheses:

Synthesis I: Afforestation Potential and Costs

Synthesis II: Forests and Wildlife

Synthesis III: Co-benefits from Mitigation Efforts

Supporting Papers:

Land Use Planning: A Time-Tested Approach for Addressing Climate Change.

Mitigating Greenhouse Gases: The Importance of Interactions between Forests, Agriculture, and Residential Development.

Analysis of potential impacts of climate change on forests of the United States Northwest