Forests growing on shale bedrock take up more carbon

Forests growing on shale bedrock store 25% more live, above ground carbon and grow faster, taking up about 55% more carbon each year than forests growing on sandstone bedrock.

According to Margot Kaye, associate professor of forest ecology at Pennsylvania State University, shale forests make up a smaller portion of the landscape and should be high-priority candidates for management or conservation.

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The findings of the research are recently published in Forest Ecology and Management (2020).