Mitigating climate change impacts in nutrient-rich organic soils with the application of wood ash after commercial thinning in spruce stands

One of the climate change mitigation measures applied in the project LIFE OrgBalt relates to the application of ash on soils. This method is applied in the demonstration site on a forest stand in Mežole, Latvia. The goal of the demonstration site is to demonstrate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction in spruce stand by using genetically selected planting material and improving hydrological regime by implementing furrows to ensure excess water runoff to the relief lows.

Studies in Latvia demonstrated no increase of total GHG emissions after application of different dosages of wood ash on peat in controlled long-term conditions, while in short term CO2 emissions significantly decreased.

Read about the details of wood ash application in the interview with Andis Lazdiņš, Senior researcher of the Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava”. ARTICLE AVAILABLE HERE.

Project “Demonstration of climate change mitigation potential of nutrient rich organic soils in Baltic States and Finland” (LIFE OrgBalt, LIFE18 CCM/LV/001158) is implemented with financial support from the LIFE Programme of the European Union and State Regional Development Agency of the Republic of Latvia.

The information reflects only the LIFE OrgBalt project beneficiaries view and the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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