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This project will determine the optimal forest management method to employ for
each of the major commercial tree species so that profitability of timber production only or
the combination of timber production and carbon sequestration is maximized. The goal of
this project is to achieve DOE's long-term cost goal of sequestering carbon at $10 or less
per ton. Because the potential of a forest ecosystem to sequester carbon depends on the
species, site quality and management regimes utilized, this project will determine how to
optimize carbon sequestration by determining how to optimally manage each species, given
a range of site qualities and economic variables. This project also will determine the
effects of a carbon credit market on the method and profitability of forest management, the
cost of sequestering carbon, and the amount of carbon that can be sequestered. Information
from this project will be used to produce user-friendly manuals which will contain
economic and biological data for each of the species. These manuals will inform
landowners and forest managers how to manage forests for timber and/or carbon credits,
how to maximize financial returns, how much money can be earned, and how much carbon
can be stored. Manuals will be disseminated through state and federal agricultural
extension services and the forest service of each state, and will be published in forest
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