Initiatives resulting from the Kyoto Protocol, the Canadian Council of Forest Minister?s Criteria and Indicators (adopted from the Montreal Process), and forest certification have created forest carbon management objectives as part of sustainable forest management. In consideration of these objectives, CanFor - Fort Nelson Division have initiated this project with the following goals: 1. To develop an accounting system of various forest carbon pools including: above ground biomass, below ground biomass, dead organic matter (snags, coarse woody debris and litter), and soils; 2. To predict current and future forest carbon conditions for the Fort Nelson Defined Forest Area (DFA) with considerations to the impact of harvesting and natural disturbances on the forested land base; and 3. To make recommendations pertaining to the development of forest carbon targets, variance and measures. The results of the project provided some initial estimates of the current forest carbon conditions in the Fort Nelson DFA. The current total ecosystem carbon storage is 1,752 MT and under the 'Base Case' scenario, it is predicted to fluctuate between 1,752 MT and 2,005 MT over a 250-year, forecast horizon. The sequestration rate in the 'Base Case' also fluctuates between a net loss of 6.87 MT C/year and a positive sequestration of 4.20 MT C/year.
Forest Ecosystem Solutions Ltd.
Forest Ecosystem Solutions Ltd.. 2006. Development of carbon measures and baseline information for sustainable forest management for the Fort Nelson Defined Forest Area. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2006MR102