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Sustainable Forest, Carbon, and Ecosystem Service Management: You Can Have It All!
There is increasing interest in carbon sequestration in an effort to mitigate climate change. Trees, grasses, and other plants take up atmospheric carbon dioxide and store it as carbon in trunks, branches, foliage, roots, and soils. This carbon sequestration by forests can help to offset an increase in carbon dioxide caused by fossil fuel emissions, deforestation, and forest fires. Sustainable forestry practices can increase the ability of forests to sequester atmospheric carbon while enhancing other ecosystem services such as improved soil and water quality.
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center will offer a forestry workshop entitled Sustainable Forest, Carbon, and Ecosystem Service Management as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Monday, January 14, 2019, from 6–8 p.m. at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro.
Dr. Tom Gower, NC State University Professor and Head of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, will cover the following topics:
- Why is Carbon Management Important: Challenges in Chatham County, NC
- Principles of Carbon Cycle Science
- Managing Forests for Carbon Storage vs. Sequestration: What Is the Objective?
- Carbon Management in a Changing World: Land Use Change, Wildfire, Hurricanes??
- Forest Management vs. Carbon Management vs. Ecosystem Services: You Can Have It All!
Dr. Gower is an internationally recognized forest ecosystem ecologist and is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Furman University, a Master of Science in Forest Ecology and a minor in Soil Science from NC State University, and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the University of Washington.
Dr. Gower’s research focuses primarily on the effects of disturbance on carbon, water and nutrient budgets of forest ecosystems, life cycle inventories of greenhouse gases to produce wood and paper products, forest carbon adaptation and mitigation management, and whole system (biological and industrial) analysis of forest ecosystems and landscapes to optimize sustainable production of ecosystem goods and services.
He has served as PI or co-investigator on numerous large multidisciplinary research teams raising over $14 million in extramural funding from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. His research has built productive collaborative relationships with state, provincial, federal, and private industry in the USA, Canada, Russia, Sweden, China, and Portugal.
Dr. Gower is a frequent speaker on the topic of forest carbon cycles in biological and industrial (e.g., life cycle inventory) ecosystems and national forest carbon management policy at national and international conferences and symposia. He is the co-author of two books, approximately 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, and numerous proceedings papers, book chapters, presentation papers, and abstracts.