A $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense has been awarded to Auburn University to help develop a plan for sequestering carbon in longleaf pine trees on military bases. This should help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.
The five-year study will be conducted at Fort Benning, Fort Polk in Louisiana and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Forests can offset greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering carbon dioxide in tree biomass.
Auburn professor Lisa Samuelson will lead the project that includes as collaborators the USDA Forest Service's Southern Research Station and the University of Florida.. The overall grant for the study is $2.4 million.
"Longleaf pine forests offer opportunities to sequester carbon and mitigate carbon dioxide emissions because longleaf pine is a long-lived tree species and the Department of Defense is focusing on restoration and protection of longleaf pine ecosystems," said Samuelson.