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Growth, carbon sequestration, and management of native tree plantations in humid regions of Costa Rica

Literature: Journal Articles

Redondo-Brenes, A. 2007, "Growth, carbon sequestration, and management of native tree plantations in humid regions of Costa Rica", New Forests, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 253-268.

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Corresponding Author:


  • Yale University, 210 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT, 06511, USA,


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Species Info

  • Vochysia guatemalensis,
  • Vochysia ferruginea,
  • Hyeronima alchorneoides,
  • Calophyllum brasiliense,
  • Terminalia amazonia,
  • Virola koschnyi,
  • Dipteryx panamensis


  • This article presents data on the DBH, total height, basal area, volume, aboveground biomass, and carbon sequestration of trees in pure plantations (established between 1990 and 1995).
  • The author presents the carbon sequestration of each species at two different sites.
  • There were differences between sites in which trees stored the highest amount of carbon. V. guatemalensis and T. amazonia in the San Carlos site and T. amazonia and H. alchorneoides at the Sarapiqui site.
  • For both sites, carbon allocation was highest in stems and lowest in branches and foliage.
  • In terms of biomass, the fast growing species exhibited high productivity.
  • Although T. amazonia was not one of the fastest growing species, the author suggests that the high timber quality and carbon sequestration make it a promising species for reforestation.
  • Thinned plantations had higher tree growth.
  • The author further discusses management of native species plantations and the effect of stand density and growth rate on carbon sequestration.
  • If the goal is short term sequestration, growing denser stands of fast growing species will be more effective. If the goal is long term sequestration, less dense stands of slower growing species may be most effective.

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Costa Rica
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