California’s forests reduce the impacts of climate change through carbon sequestration. Carbon sequestration is the process whereby trees absorb carbon into their trunks, roots and limbs — and they do this for their entire life. When a tree is harvested, the wood product it creates continues to store carbon throughout the life of the product. California forests sequester more carbon than any other industry.
- C02 is a harmful air pollutant released into the atmosphere through forest fires, car emissions, manufacturing and more.
- Increasing amounts of C02 contributes to climate change.
- Young healthy forests absorb carbon at a faster rate.
- Trees are about 50 percent carbon by weight.
- Trees provide us with clean oxygen to breathe.
- Sustainable California forests provide wood products that are renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and energy efficient.
- To effectively tackle climate change, we must remove carbon from the atmosphere as well as reduce new carbon emissions. Wood from sustainably managed forests achieves both of these.