Some interesting forestry coments appear in the Gen X thread, unfortunately spiced with a lot of rancor. I am quite interested in the former; who else? Could include Forest carbon storage Old growth Compete for land and water with other land uses Climate effects other than carbon monspecific vs. diverse forests Direct product values (lumber, latex, palm oil etc.) Subtle values (ecosystem services, diversity) Recent changes in growth and mortality are related to what? Future forests with higher CO2 and altered temps and water Kicking off with Yude Pan's 2011 paper in science, indicating a current net C uptake about 2 PgC/year. Equals 7.3 Pg of CO2. at current Euro "market prices" this sequestration is (would be) worth 50 billion $; ant Australian "legislated prices" 150 billion. Maybe the trees merit hugging, after all.