About Tim Rowland

Tim Rowland is a columnist, author and outdoors writer living in Jay.

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  1. Peter says

    There are two sides to the carbon sequestration of trees. The fact that “matter cannot be created or destroyed “ is often ignored. During daylight trees through photosynthesis take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. At night if they keep growing trees take in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide. When the tree dies and rots it gives off some but but not all of the carbon it sequestered. Some of the carbon becomes humus and stays on the floor of the forest.

    • Boreas says

      There is more to carbon sequestration in forests than simple transpiration and photosynthesis. We rarely pay attention to what is going on below ground with the “wood wide web”. We are still learning about the relationships between mycorrhizal fungi and plants that take place largely out of sight. Mycorrhizal fungi can sequester carbon in the soil via plants and store and share it in their hyphae – and healthy forest soils are loaded with hyphae. Leaves and wood are just a portion of the carbon stored in a forest if you consider the forest soils and masses of organisms we never even think about.

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