Trees are the best carbon capture technology in the world
Trees are our most valuable asset when it comes to carbon sequestration. Unlike other forms of carbon capture technology, trees can be sustainably managed to ensure their continued ability to capture carbon. Our foresters play a vital role in utilizing forest restoration practices such as thinning and the removal of downed timber to enhance the forest carbon sink, while also preventing carbon losses.
How forest management can aid in sequestering carbon
The carbon cycle in a forest is the process by which carbon is exchanged between the atmosphere, plants, and soil in a forest ecosystem. It plays a crucial role in regulating the Earth's climate and plays a major role in the functioning of ecosystems.
When trees are killed by beetles, the carbon stored in the trees is also released back into the environment through decomposition. These trees become known as “dead standing timber“. However, this timber needs to be harvested within 5 years to still be viable for wood products and to sequester their carbon storage. In the absence of harvesting, these trees fall over and decay, which results in a massive amount of kindling for wildfires and the release of carbon into the atmosphere.
When managed properly, forests can serve as carbon sinks, absorbing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and assisting in climate change mitigation.