Forest Wisdom: Big Trees Lead in Carbon Storage, Habitat, & Forest Stability


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 09 May 2018

 

Forest Wisdom

Carbon Storage, Habitat, & Forest Stability

It's Rooted in the Big Trees

Inequality is normal: Dominance of the big trees,
S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, May 8, 2018.

 

“...the largest 1% of trees in mature and older forests comprised 50% of forest biomass worldwide.”

"Big trees provide functions that cannot be duplicated by small or medium-sized trees. They provide unique habitat, strongly influence the forest around them, and store large amounts of carbon."

"...the amount of carbon that forests can sequester depends mostly on the abundance of big trees."

"The researchers also found that the largest trees are representatives of the more common tree species. The ability of some trees in any given forest to reach very large sizes relative to the other trees and concentrate resources seems to be a global phenomenon."

"Big trees are special."

 

 

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