With Canada?s recent ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and the increasing global awareness of climate change issues, forest companies are under mounting pressure both nationally and internationally to account for the effects of their activities on terrestrial carbon (C) stocks and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The capacity of forest ecosystems to sequester C has been increasingly recognized as an environmental value and thus a significant component of sustainable forest management plans. Moreover, several certification schemes, including the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), have identified the effects of management on global C cycles as a criterion for sustainable forest management. To successfully implement such a criterion within a certification system, it is necessary to utilize scientifically credible indicators and associated measures that can be evaluated as part of a sustainable forest management plan. Indicators based on correlations with volume and mean annual increment are insufficient. This project was undertaken to provide support for the Morice and Lakes IFPA certification (CSA) initiative with respect to meeting the requirements around the measuring the impacts of forest management activities on global C cycles. The primary tasks involved in this project were the following: 1) Preparing FORECAST existing calibration datasets for representing forest types within the Morice and Lakes TSAs 2) Preparing carbon analysis units (CAUs) and transition pathways for the Base Case, Natural Disturbance and Forest Productivity scenarios for both the Morice and Lakes TSAs 3) Use of the FORECAST model to generate a database of carbon curves for the defined CAUs 4) Assigning CAUs to existing and future managed stands (GIS_Tags) in the Access database 5) Preparation of a report describing the development and use of the curves to assess C indicators as part of the landscape-scale Tesera modelling for the Morice and Lakes TSAs.
Forest Investment Account (FIA). 2005. Development of carbon curves for addressing CSA certification requirements in the Morice and Lakes Timber Supply Areas. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2005MR126