AFE Statement on the Role of Fire in Managing Long-Term Carbon Stores: Key Challenges

Recommendations Summary:
  • Carbon registry systems need to re-evaluate accounting of wildfire and prescribed fire emissions.
  • Need increased research into carbon dynamics for a range of fire regimes and management options (i.e., wildfire, prescribed fire, thinning, etc.).
  • Need further research into quantifying and mapping current terrestrial carbon reserves (aboveground live, litter, duff, downed woody debris, and soil carbon), as well as estimating subsequent emissions from prescribed fire or wildfire.

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