An Economic Approach to Planting Trees for Carbon Storage

WithPeter J. Parks, David O. Hall, Bengt Kriström, Omar R. Masera, Robert J. Moulton, Andrew J. Plantinga, Joel N. Swisher, Jack K. Winjum

Methods are described for evaluating economic and carbon storage aspects of tree planting projects (e.g., plantations for restoration, roundwood, bioenergy, and nonwood products). Total carbon (C) stock is dynamic and comprises C in vegetation, decomposing matter, soil, products, and fuel substituted. An alternative (reference) case is essential for project evaluation.