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Climate Impacts of Industrial Forest Practices in North Carolina

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Post Last Updated: December 2022

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This piece was originally created & published in 

While not credited as an author on this project, just like the Great American Stand, I contributed heavily to the research and information gathering phases of this project. With John Talberth's assistance, I scoured the USFS / FIA database to get all of the relevant metrics for NC forests. We looked at forest age, carbon, forest type, and forest location in North Carolina. We used these numbers to calculate the missing forest carbon emissions from the industrial forest practices across the state. It was a unique, eye opening project.

The biggest headline was that logging is actually the third largest emitter of carbon in North Carolina, just behind transportation and residential energy usage.

This report was released in two parts, both of which are linked below.

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