Date: 12/4/2014 Project Name: Carbon Sequestration through an Urban Forest

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Date: 12/4/2014
Project Name: Carbon Sequestration through an Urban Forest
Teammate 1: Monica Szarvas, 253-363-1708, [email protected]
Teammate 2: Fletcher Kleykamp, 513-504-9363, [email protected]
Teammate 3: Elise Vasey, 541-690-9244, [email protected]
Teammate 4: Sarah Wakefield, 203-814-0682, [email protected]
Faculty or staff sponsor: E.J. Zita
Campus Location: Campus Forests
Award Amount requested: $200
Department that will oversee the grant: Academics/RAD/___
Please select the category your application relates to. You may select more than one.
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Research- Resource Conservation
Research- Sustainable Strategies
Implementation- Sustainable Strategies
Project Description (max 140 words)
Our Project is researching the tree species on campus to find how much carbon they sequester,
and using that information to create a planting plan for the campus to implement in the future.
Additional research would be comparing the native species of trees versus the non-native
species. Discovering more about the symbiotic relationship between mycelium and trees, and
finding out its role in an urban forest.
Project Timeline: Please describe the timeline for your project from start to finish (max 140
words)
Winter Quarter we will divide our time as such: Week 1-3 Discovering all tree species on
campus and how to measure carbon sequestration in trees, Week 4-6 Gathering data and creating
an sequestration and species inventory, Week 7 Researching the mycelium relationship with
trees and an urban forest, Week 8-10 Create a planting plan for campus using our research from
the previous weeks.
Please describe the continuity of this project. In other words, how long will this project function
over the long term? (max 140 words)
Because our project is primarily research, the long term goal is to create and maintain a record of
the sequestration rates of the trees on campus. The planting plan however, if implemented could
have a long term functionality. Little to no maintenance is required after the initial planting.
Annotated Bibliography
Journal
Nowak, D. "Carbon Storage and Sequestration by Urban Trees in the USA."Environmental
Pollution 116.3 (2002): 381-89. Web.
This article was about how much carbon can/is stored in urban trees. The data provided in the
article can be used to assess the urban forests potential in reducing dominant greenhouse gases.
This source could help me in my research because it is directly related to what I want to research.
We all live in an urban forest and understanding its role in climate change and how it can benefit
us in reducing carbon is very important.
BäckstrandEva Lövbrand, Karin. "Planting Trees to Mitigate Climate Change: Contested
Discourses of Ecological Modernization, Green Governmentality and Civic Environmentalism."
Global Environmental Politics 6.1 (n.d.): 50-75. Web
This article is about the use of trees to impact climate change. Trees could play a large part in
neutralizing our carbon footprint.
Book
Lorenz, Klaus, and R. Lal. Carbon Sequestration in Forest Ecosystems. Dordrecht: Springer,
2010. Print.
This book gives a lot of different and useful information on the natural dynamic of carbon in
forest ecosystems and the importance of carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems. It covers
different ways that the entire ecosystems partake in sequestration.
I can use this book for my research, although it isn’t species specific in trees, It is still important
to have an understanding of the forest ecosystem as a whole before diving into specifics.
Websites
Es. SUF SOUND URBAN FORESTRY (n.d.): n. pag. Web.
This website in an inventory of tree species on the evergreen state college campus. Campus
Reserves Forest Species Composition Report. It gives a breakdown report on the size and age of
trees on campus by species and plot.
This will be a great starting point and constant reference for my research project. I can use
almost all of it to start and further my research. Very useful information.
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