Carbon storage response to harvesting and site preparation in a forested mire in northern Michigan, U.S.A
This study considered the effects on carbon pools in a forested mire following whole-tree harvesting and two site preparation treatments; bedding and trenching. Whole-tree harvesting, which resulted in complete removal of the overstory biomass, and bedding exhibited the greatest loss of carbon from the site. Removal of the overstory biomass and increased decomposition of organic matter were the major causes of carbon loss. Measurement of the soil carbon pools in the tree planting zone did not provide an accurate assessment of the treatment effect. Renewal of carbon accumulation will depend on the productivity and composition of the regenerating plant community and on the rate of decomposition of organic matter.