Spruce trees on drained peatland detrimental to climate

Drained peatlands in Sweden emit about as much greenhouse gases as car traffic. It would be better for the climate to allow the soil to become wet and grow vegetation that can cope with wet conditions. Planting of willow trees or reed canary grass would also provide greater financial returns than current forest management, according to a research study from the University of Gothenburg.

“If we stop clearing the ditches and dam the water instead, the decomposition of peat layers in the soil would decline significantly,” says Åsa Kasimir, a researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences.

The research study, published in the Global Change Biology scientific journal, shows how much we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from drained peatland now used for timber production.

Link to the full news article: Spruce Forest on Drained Peatlands Bad for Climate