Forest management may involve decisions relating to carbon storage. After the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, it has been recognised that there are huge surges of carbon emissions associated with summer mega-fires, such as those experienced in Victoria in 2003, 2006 and 2009, and the best way to reduce the risk of these mega-fires is to increase the use of prescribed burning. In particular, this includes more broadscale prescribed burning in remote areas, as well as more targeted strategic burning around towns and urban areas.

One area which reflects consideration of avoiding carbon emissions from forest fires is in the reduction of slash burning (burning of harvesting debris) in plantations, although the primary reason for this change is that allowing harvesting debris to rot and decay in-situ is a better means of retaining nutrients on site and maintaining soil productivity for the next crop.  

The introduction of carbon trading schemes is providing an alternative source of income to forest owners and growers. Currently voluntary carbon markets exist in Australia; however the introduction of a carbon pricing mechanism in Australia is currently under debate. If a mandatory carbon mechanism is introduced (e.g. New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme), it is likely to have impacts on harvesting and conservation decisions (Leys, 2011).

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Carbon and Forests

This resource discusses the carbon cycle, carbon capture in forests and the changes in the cycle.

Forestry Matters!

Forestry matters! is a free, comprehensive education resource that provides teachers with relevant,  up-to-date information about South Australia’s forests.

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Forest, wood and Australian carbon balance

Information on the extend to which plantations and commerical forests, as well as the wood products produced by those forests, contribute to Australia's carbon balance.

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Trees for carbon sequestration

This factsheet discusses what is carbon sequestration, how to estimate carbon sequestration, carbon accounting and more.

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Carbon and its storage in forest and wood products

Class activities on carbon, cycling & storage.

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Cumberland State Forest Tour - Carbon Science Lesson Plan and Student Worksheet

This lesson plan takes Yr 7-10 Science students through the Cumberland State Forest. The outcomes of the lesson is a recognition that living things depend upon each other and on their environments.

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Cumberland State Forest tour- Yr 11 Earth and Environmental Science

This lesson plan takes Year 11 Earth Science students through the Cumberland State Forest.  The focus is on the local environment and the properties of local soils affect the local biological environment.
 
Students learn to:

  • Analyse the ways in which the vegetation of an area can be influenced by soil composition and climate
  • Relate the presence of particular animals in the local environment to their requirements within the local environment.
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Forestry Matters!

Forestry matters! is a free, comprehensive education resource that provides teachers with relevant,  up-to-date information about South Australia’s forests.

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Forests, timber and climate change- Factsheet and Worksheet

Worksheet and factsheet to guide discussion on forests, timber and the greenhouse effect. 

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Going Bush - Forest’s role in the carbon equation - Worksheet & answers

Student worksheet with sample answers to accompany the Going Bush video 'Forest's role in the carbon equation'. Students will learn about equipment used in the field to measure carbon fluxes, and how actively growing forests store carbon and assist in climate change mitigation. They will learn how fires cause net losses of carbon to the atmosphere, and therefore the importance of active management for preventing catostrophic fires.

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How is carbon stored in trees and wood products?

To understand how carbon is stored and cycled in trees, students need firstly to have a look at the properties of carbon. They will also learn how to use formulas for calculating carbon storage, and understand that some carbon is lost during processing andmanufacturing, while most is recovered and used, then stored for the life of wood products.
 

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Planet Ark - Schools Tree day

Each year in July, around 2500 schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day. Students nation-wide have learnt how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow. Become involved.

Tackle climate change, use wood

This website provides a downloadable video and information book on how using wood helps tackle climate change, produced by the British Columbian Forestry Climate Change Working Group in Canada. It discusses how wood products store carbon for the life of a product, and if used as a substitute to replace fossil fuel intensive materials such as concrete and steel, it helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Wood is a renewable, recyclable, and sustainable natural product for the long term.

Wild Forest Adventure Activity Book

Wild Forest Adventure is an activity based companion booklet especially designed for use with the Forests NSW website.

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Wild Forest Adventure online game

The Wild Forest Adventure section has been especially designed for students, to provide interesting and relevant information about the forest environment, in a stimulating and fun way.

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Climate change and forestry

Discover more about climate change and forestry at LandLearn NSW.

Forestry Matters! website

Forestry matters! is a free, comprehensive education resource that provides teachers with relevant,  up-to-date information about South Australia’s forests.

Going Bush - Forest's role in the carbon equation

The boys talk to a trio of carbon specialists about the part forests and its products can play in the fight against global warming. They see how it’s measured in Victoria’s Wombat Forest and hear how storage of carbon in forests should be compared to a dam, with inputs from growing trees and regular withdrawals especially for timber to replace fossil-fuel intensive materials, rather than simply locked away.

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Planet Ark - Schools Tree day

Each year in July, around 2500 schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day. Students nation-wide have learnt how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow. Become involved.

Tackle climate change, use wood

This website provides a downloadable video and information book on how using wood helps tackle climate change, produced by the British Columbian Forestry Climate Change Working Group in Canada. It discusses how wood products store carbon for the life of a product, and if used as a substitute to replace fossil fuel intensive materials such as concrete and steel, it helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Wood is a renewable, recyclable, and sustainable natural product for the long term.

The story of carbon.

Carbie the carbon atom is not happy. It is getting crowded in the atmosphere causing it to warm up. Carbie is looking for a better place to be. This interactive game allows you to choose between the ocean, coal, trees and wood products and learn how carbon is stored in each of these environments. 
 

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Going Bush - Forest's role in the carbon equation

The boys talk to a trio of carbon specialists about the part forests and its products can play in the fight against global warming. They see how it’s measured in Victoria’s Wombat Forest and hear how storage of carbon in forests should be compared to a dam, with inputs from growing trees and regular withdrawals especially for timber to replace fossil-fuel intensive materials, rather than simply locked away.

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Going Bush - Forest’s role in the carbon equation - Worksheet & answers

Student worksheet with sample answers to accompany the Going Bush video 'Forest's role in the carbon equation'. Students will learn about equipment used in the field to measure carbon fluxes, and how actively growing forests store carbon and assist in climate change mitigation. They will learn how fires cause net losses of carbon to the atmosphere, and therefore the importance of active management for preventing catostrophic fires.

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Tackle climate change, use wood

This website provides a downloadable video and information book on how using wood helps tackle climate change, produced by the British Columbian Forestry Climate Change Working Group in Canada. It discusses how wood products store carbon for the life of a product, and if used as a substitute to replace fossil fuel intensive materials such as concrete and steel, it helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Wood is a renewable, recyclable, and sustainable natural product for the long term.

The story of carbon.

Carbie the carbon atom is not happy. It is getting crowded in the atmosphere causing it to warm up. Carbie is looking for a better place to be. This interactive game allows you to choose between the ocean, coal, trees and wood products and learn how carbon is stored in each of these environments. 
 

Wild Forest Adventure online game

The Wild Forest Adventure section has been especially designed for students, to provide interesting and relevant information about the forest environment, in a stimulating and fun way.

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Australia's forests at a glance 2012

Producted by Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, this report provides data on forest areas, types, tenures, carbon stored, log volumes harvested, and imports and exports of wood products.

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Forest, wood and Australian carbon balance

Information on the extend to which plantations and commerical forests, as well as the wood products produced by those forests, contribute to Australia's carbon balance.

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