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Afforestation in Alberta: A Case Study Evaluating the Economic Potential of Hybrid Poplar Plantations Given Bio-Energy and Carbon Sequestration Considerations

  • Author / Creator
    St. Arnaud, Lee
  • The investment viability of afforestation of hybrid poplar plantations on private land in the Province of Alberta was explored. Carbon credits from afforestation were included in the simulations. The base case showed relatively little potential for afforestation in the province. Substantial changes to the price for pulpwood and the price for carbon were required to initiate land use change on a large scale across the Province. The most important factor affecting land use was the permanent conversion factor that discounts carbon sequestration values because sequestration with wood fiber is not permanent. Land use change was the least sensitive to changes in carbon prices, assuming a permanent conversion factor of 0.1.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-09
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3JW49
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
  • Specialization
    • Forest Economics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Luckert, Marty (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Unterschultz, Jim (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Armstrong, Glen (Renewable Resources)