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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

The Science and Application of Forest Carbon Projects
Moulton, Robert J.
1999: Ames, IA
KEY WORDS
Global warming, carbon sequestration, tree planting

INTRODUCTION
This year—1999, now in its 7th month—is well on its way to becoming the hottest year in what has already been documented as the hottest decade on record both in the United States and worldwide. This makes a good setting for discussing global climate change, a much better setting than, say, the second week of a record-setting cold spell in February, 1999 when some climate change conferences were held, when one wondered if the locals might turn out at any moment carrying signs reading “Welcome Global Warming.”

My comments focus on the planting of forest trees to sequester carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas contributing to global climate change. This focus on tree planting is consistent with the Kyoto Protocol of December 1997, which gave emphasis to land-use changes—especially the extent and condition of forests—and to afforestation and reforestation, which are topics of particular interest to all of unconcerned with nursery management.

I am addressing 2 concepts for your consideration. First, tree planting for climate change has the potential to become much larger than any prior tree planting program. Second, as nursery managers, you may have insights and data that could advance the understanding of the probable impacts of climate change on our forest resources.
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