Multiple benfits from tree plantings for carbon farming

Tree planting for carbon can potentially also provide a range of other benefits beyond just carbon. For the farmer this includes pest control and pollination services to crops, protection of livestock, and a reduction in soil erosion and salinity. For the wider community this could include increased water quality and more habitat for species such as birds. Dr. Brenda Lin and collaborators (including myself) have just published an article in BioScience exploring the range of benefits and potential dis-benefits that may occur as a results of tree planting activities. We found that there are a range of options for tree planting in agricultural landscapes for carbon, but they don’t all have the equivalent ecological benefits. If we want these additional benefits we do need to carefully think about the implementation of these schemes at a range of spatial scales.

BioScience Press Release with link to a version of article published ahead of print.

Further information about this article in the media can be found here and here.

The humble tree can provide a lot beyond just carbon storage (photo credit: M. Neave, CSIRO)

The humble tree can provide a lot beyond just carbon storage (photo credit: M. Neave, CSIRO)