Questions often arise among forest landowners and resource professionals regarding management options for the forested landscapes they own or manage. With the very real presence of drought, rising temperatures, and extended fire season, more tools are needed to assist in the evaluation of management interventions give the increasing threat of wildfire. The development of the Redwood Region Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Calculator and Forestry Diagnostic Toolkit was made possible through funding provided by the North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) and through the efforts of Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) and Climate Action Reserve (CAR). The toolkit contains a recorded training webinar, user manual and standard inventory methodology, and Redwood Region GHG Calculator and Forestry Diagnostic Tool.
Redwood Region GHG Calculator and Forestry Diagnostic Tool
The Redwood Region Greenhouse Gas Calculator and Forestry Diagnostic Tool was designed to assist landowners and resource professionals in identifying management options to give forested landscapes an improved trajectory to healthy, resilient conditions. This tool improves the decision-making process for implementing management interventions by assisting landowners and resource professionals in two ways:
- It calculated plot and stand summaries from sampled plot data. The stand data are informative in terms of understanding current density metrics as they relate to forest health, current carbon storage, and timber volumes.
- The tool facilitates a view into the future as the forest stand conditions are subject to varying management options and potential wildfire events.
User Manual and Standardized Inventory Methodology
The user manual for the Redwood Region Greenhouse Gas Calculator and Forestry Diagnostic Tool provides step by step instructions on how to use the tool, background information on the how the tool was created, and potential applications of the tool for landowners and resource professionals. The standardized inventory methodology provides a step-by-step guide to collecting forest inventory data for input into the tool
Recorded Training Webinar
An info session and training webinar held on March 29th, 2022. This webinar provides background on the tool, its function, and possible applications for users. A short demonstration of the tool is also included.