Forest Carbon

Forests have the capacity to both store and emit carbon. Through the process of photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and store carbon in the stem, roots, branches, and leaves. Wood products that are harvested from forests also provide long-term storage of carbon. When managed in an unsustainable manner, or when existing forests are cleared and converted to non-forest land uses (e.g. urban development, agriculture), forests may be net emitters of CO2 to the atmosphere.

Through sustainable management of existing forests, reducing rates of deforestation, and establishing new forests, forest ecosystems have the capacity to absorb additional CO2 from the atmosphere and help mitigate the potential impacts of climate change. Carbon markets may provide a financial incentive for forest landowners to implement management practices that reduce or sequester additional atmospheric carbon.

Forest Offset Project Standards and Protocols

Climate Change Initiatives

Carbon Market Information

Climate, Energy, and Environmental Policy

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