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Units in Forest Carbon Numbers: A Primer

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Guest Article by Matt Russell, President and CEO, Arbor Custom Analytics LLC brought to you by Dovetail Partners

Professionals that work with data on forests are increasingly being asked about the amount of carbon that trees and forests store. Unfortunately, most professionals are trained in summarizing forestry data sets to obtain measurements such as volume and basal area.

If a professional knows how to “speak carbon”, this can leave them feeling empowered when discussing the importance of forests and forest management in the context of carbon. This can leave a solid impression with landowners, decision makers, and policy makers.

This article discusses the common units of measure when discussing forest carbon, ranging from tree to stand and landscape scales.

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