Carbon supply from changes in management of forest, range, and agricultural lands of California

  • Brown S
  • Dushku A
  • Pearson T
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The project described in Carbon Supply for Forest, Range, and Agricultural Lands of California was a portion of the Baseline, Classification, Quantification, and Measurement for Carbon Market Opportunities in California project. This project estimated the quantity and cost of carbon storage opportunities in California and developed carbon supply curves for the most important classes of carbon sequestration activities in land-use change and forestry projects. The research found that the cost of carbon sequestration from changing forest management practices is relatively high. No forest management project, regardless of length of project, can provide carbon sequestration at less than $2.70/MTCO2. The largest potential source of carbon from forest management is for lengthening rotation by five years, which can potentially provide 2.16 to 3.91 MMTCO2 at a cost of less than $13.60 per ton. For afforestation of rangelands, longer durations produce lower cost carbon. Afforestation of rangelands provides the most carbon at the least cost (≤ $2.7/MT CO2)—about 33 MMTCO2 at 20 years to 4.57 billion MTCO2 at 80 years. Conservation tillage (CT) seems to offer the greatest potential for producing carbon on agricultural land in California. It is estimated that California agricultural land could produce up to 3.9 MMTCO2 /year through CT. This report can help stakeholders more accurately estimate the quantity of carbon credits that might be available at different price points for different classes of projects. The estimates can help in preparation of a portfolio of potential stakeholder responses for a range of future climate scenarios. x

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  • S Brown

  • A Dushku

  • T Pearson

  • D Shoch

  • J Winsten

  • S Sweet

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