Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
FIA Project 4887001

    Forest Carbon Accounting Analysis for the Golden TSA: Preliminary Estimates of the Current and Future Carbon Stocks
Project lead: Offermann, Dieter (Downie Timber Ltd.)
Author: Doffermann, Dieter
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
The Golden Timber Supply Area (TSA) is situated in the southeast of British Columbia. The TSA has a gross area of approximately 1.1 million hectares, of which 433,000 hectares are productive forests. The carbon stocks of the current forests and the projected trends for the next 250 years were modeled using the Canadian Forest Services’ (CFS) CBM-CFS33 carbon budget model. The simulations adopted the forest inventory and the forest management practices as defined in the recently completed Golden TSA Timber Supply Review #4.
Based on the TSR #4 base case (current) forest management assumptions, the carbon stocks in the Golden TSA are estimated increase from 173.0 million tons today to 178.4 million tons 250 years hence. The carbon stocks of the old growth stands are estimated to decline from 54.7 million tons today to 50.4 million tons in 250 years hence.
This infers that the carbon stocks in the TSA forests will act as a carbon “sink” for the foreseeable future. The carbon stocks in the old growth forests will act as a carbon “source” for the foreseeable future. Including the harvested forest products in the carbon stocks strengthens the carbon “sink”.
Suggestions are provided to improve this analysis, and possible forest management practices that could increase the rate of carbon sequestration in the forests of the Golden TSA. These practices can be used to further strengthen the trend of a “carbon source”. Examples of possible, future projects are provided for strategies related to:
Examples of possible, future, projects are provided under forest carbon strategy categories of:
• storing carbon in the forest,
• sequestration of carbon in harvested forest products, and
• obtaining carbon offsets or avoiding carbon emissions.


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Updated August 16, 2010 

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