- Weiskittel, Aaron
University of Maine
Developing strategies for increasing carbon (C) storage in forests is one of the foremost challenges facing natural resource professionals today. However, knowledge regarding the impacts of alternative management strategies on C cycling in many forest types remains imperfect. The goal of this study was to evaluate total ecosystem and harvested wood product C stocks among alternative forest management strategies (selection cutting, shelterwood cutting, commercial clearcutting, and no management) in mixed-species stands in central Maine, USA. These strategies were initiated in the 1950s and have been maintained since, and ecosystem C pools were measured in 2012. When compared across managed treatments, the commercial clearcut had the lowest total ecosystem C stocks by 21%, on average (P < 0.05), while the selection and shelterwood treatments had similar total ecosystem C stocks.