Climate change may impact forests’ ability to store carbon
10 December 2021
New research published in Forest Ecology and Management highlights the need for active forest management as climate changes worsens and severe fires become more common.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne found the impact of climate change may limit Victoria’s dry eucalypt forests’ ability to resprout and store carbon. They explain in a recent article published in The Conversation that this is because climate change is leading to an increase in the size, severity and frequency of bushfires. Additionally, there is reduced growth when the conditions are warmer and drier.
With climate change impacting the ability of our forests to store carbon, we must continue to explore active forest management options to improve forest resilience.
At VicForests, we actively assist the recovery of forests following severe bushfires though our reseeding programs for areas unable to recover following consecutive fires. Our staff are also involved in bushfire prevention and have firefighting roles with Forest Fire Management Victoria.
When it comes to improving the resilience of Victoria’s forests, we will continue to be guided by the latest research and expert advice.