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Journal of Forests

June 2020, Volume 7, 1, pp 9-17

Carbon Sequestration Assessment of Selected Campus Champion Trees

Yeong Nain Chi


James S. Bardsley


Tracie J. Bishop

Yeong Nain Chi 1 ,

James S. Bardsley 1 Tracie J. Bishop 1 
  1. Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD, USA. 1

Pages: 9-17

DOI: 10.18488/journal.101.2020.71.9.17

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Article History:

Received: 19 March, 2020
Revised: 24 April, 2020
Accepted: 26 May, 2020
Published: 22 June, 2020


This study aims to quantify the unique score of selected champion trees on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) main campus. Individual trees that are evaluated as “champions” of their species are measured for their trunk’s diameter at breast-height, overall tree height, and average crown spread to calculate their total score. Based on each specimen’s total score, selecting the top 20 champion trees provides data that is beneficial in developing a UMES campus tree map using geospatial technology. Furthermore, finding the carbon sequestered value and emissions-storage amount per tree is a targeted topic for the next step in this study. This study also provides a pilot direction for UMES to value its forested regions, to maintain these colossal trees, and to help the campus reach its sustainability goals. Given the relationship between tree size and efficiency of carbon sequestration demonstrated here, additional studies to test the hypothesis that some open grown tree species gain greater girth in a shorter period of time when compared to forest-grown specimens are encouraged to aid in tree selection.
Contribution/ Originality
This study is one of very few studies which have quantified the total score and carbon sequestration of the selected champion trees on UMES main campus. This study also addresses that the conservation and protection of large girth trees, whether as components in an old growth forest or as large individual specimens such as those of UMES's campus community, should be encouraged.


Champion trees, Tree height, Trunk circumference, Average tree crown spread, Carbon sequestration, UMES.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, McIntire Stennis project [Accession No. 1019401].

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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