Carbon Sequestration in the Lillian Anderson Arboretum
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• Now more than ever it is necessary to explore the potential for forests to play a major role in local and international policies aimed at mitigating carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. • The role terrestrial ecosystems, more specifically forests, play in the global carbon cycle is of particular interest and importance because these systems are net sinks that sequester carbon in woody biomass and soil organic matter. • This study was commissioned and funded by Kalamazoo College through the Presidents Climate Commitment Fellowship program with the objective of producing an estimate of the total amount of organic carbon sequestered in, as well as to produce baseline for future annual sequestration estimates of the College’s Lillian Anderson Arboretum located in Oshtemo Township, MI.