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Webinar: Optimizing Ecosystem Services from Longleaf Pine: Balancing Carbon Sequestration with Watershed Health
Monday, 30 August 2021, 2:00
Monday, August 30, 2021. 2:00 PM. Webinar: Optimizing Ecosystem Services from Longleaf Pine: Balancing Carbon Sequestration with Watershed Health. Steven T. Brantley, University of Georgia. Sponsored by the Jones Center at Ichauway. Register here.
This webinar will discuss the potential of longleaf pine forests to improve water quantity in southeastern watersheds, while also serving as a steady, long-term sink for atmospheric carbon.
Longleaf pine forest conservation and restoration are critical priorities for protecting threatened and endangered species, and can also benefit landowners interested in improving game habitat. Restoring and managing frequent-fire longleaf pine may also benefit water yield, or the quantity of rainfall that makes it into streams, rivers, and groundwater. This webinar will summarize evidence that fire-managed longleaf pine forests consume less water than other forest types in the southeast, and has potential to improve water yield in southeastern watersheds. Potential tradeoffs of longleaf pine management for water yield, such as reduced carbon sequestration, will be presented. Balancing carbon and water benefits will be discussed in the context of the latest available science on forest carbon and water, and the relative value of these important ecosystem services at local, national, and global scales.