In 2007 a research project was begun by the author to find the amounts of carbon sequestered by tree plantations and old growth forests in tropical north Queensland. This information would allow the valuation of the carbon in plantations of different types and ages and in old growth forests and would provide information on the economic and financial implications for A/R of the markets developing for sequestered carbon.
An active program of reforestation aiming at augmenting endangered ecosystems, providing wildlife corridors and improving water quality in streams and rivers, had been pursued for many years by north Queensland NGOs and the Queensland government.14 This has resulted in the establishment of plantations of different ages available for measurement. The plantations were planted with mixed rainforest species, typically 40 to 50, the seedlings having been grown from seeds drawn from the same provenance. The diversity of such plantations in the tropical north Queensland environment increases over time with the introduction of seeds by birds and mammals from adjacent intact old growth forests and it is expected that they will eventually come to approach the old growth forests in biological complexity.
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