Climate-smart forest management can lead to potential economic opportunities without disrupting timber supplies; strategic forest management, wood utilization could increase forest carbon sink by 29% in Maryland and 38% in Pennsylvania by 2030: MSU study

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December 27, 2023 (press release) –

In November, team members from the Forest Carbon and Climate Program, American Forests, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (a collaborative, multi-institutional partnership led by the USDA Forest Service), and the Canadian Forest Service, published a new article on climate-smart forestry titled, “Modeling climate-smart forest management and wood use for climate mitigation potential in Maryland and Pennsylvania” in the journal of Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.


  • Chad Papa (FCCP)
  • Kendall DeLyser (AF)
  • Kylie Clay (FCCP)
  • Daphna Gadoth (FCCP)
  • Lauren Cooper (FCCP)
  • Werner Kirz (Canadian FS)
  • Michael Magnan (Canadian FS)
  • Todd Ontl (USFS)

The publication explores and models the impact of climate-smart forest management and wood use in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Aiming to understand how forests contribute to carbon sinks, the study revealed insights into potential economic opportunities and their role in achieving state-level greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. Their findings show that “both strategic forest management and wood utilization can provide substantial climate change mitigation potential relative to business-as-usual practices, increasing the forest C sink by 29% in Maryland and 38% in Pennsylvania by 2030 without disrupting timber supplies.”

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