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Indicators for Strategy G: Carbon Storage in Oregon's Forests & Forest Products
Background
Sustainable Forest Management Circle Diagram
Global climate change is occurring and our world is getting warmer. This change will have significant impacts in much of our lives, from increased wildfire risk, size, and intensity, to decreasing rainfall, snow packs, and glaciers – water resources that we and all species need to survive.  Oregon’s forests may have many important roles to play in the future relating to this significant change in our climate.  One of the most important will be in carbon storage, affecting the carbon cycle by “holding” carbon from release into the atmosphere – carbon that “warms” the world.  By holding or storing this carbon, Oregon’s forests can contribute to mitigating that warming, and the risks that warming can cause.
 
Significant opportunities exist in both our native and urban forests to increase this carbon storage.  These opportunities include tree planting – both in our native forestlands and urban areas, encouraging longer harvest rotations, reducing wildfire fuels (thus reducing the possibility of increased carbon release into the atmosphere), using and encouraging the use of wood products (which emit less carbon dioxide during manufacture than do steel or cement), and discouraging the conversion of forestlands to other uses.
 
By monitoring the carbon stored in Oregon’s forests and forest products, and how that amount is changing, we can learn how our policies and actions are affecting the amount of carbon stored by Oregon’s forestlands and forest products over time.  We can then consider and make choices about how we will adapt and respond to an increasingly warmer world.

Indicators for Strategy G
A photo of ponderosa pines in central Oregon - representing carbon storage in Oregon's forests
Carbon storage within Oregon's forests
The following indicator has been approved to measure the progress towards achieving Strategy G of the Forestry Program for Oregon – “Enhance carbon storage in Oregon's forests and forest products”, along with the desired trend for this indicator.

Learn More . . .
For more information on Oregon's Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management, contact:
 
For more information on Oregon's Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management, contact:
 
Brandon R. Kaetzel, PhD
Principal Forest Economist
Forest Resources Planning Program
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR  97310
PH: 503-945-7413
FAX: 503-945-7490
E-MAIL: bkaetzel@odf.state.or.us
www.oregon.gov/ODF