The entire working forest supply chain is critical to the health of our forests and their ability to mitigate the effects of climate change. Together, working forests and forest products deliver substantial carbon benefits, including:
As they grow, forests already capture more than 15% of the nationʼs annual industrial carbon emissions.
Most people think about storage only as the massive carbon sink in forests on the landscape. But durable wood products – like homes, buildings, and furniture – store significant amounts of carbon long-term. And as a natural material, forest products are recyclable, biodegradable, and renewable.
Forest products – like wood – can displace more fossil fuel-intensive materials, reducing net atmospheric carbon over time.
Healthy markets for forest products maximize the power of working forests to increase sequestration, storage, and substitution. Climate mitigation strategies must prioritize keeping forests intact, which means keeping the entire forest products supply chain intact as well. Without healthy markets for trees, private forest owners face increasing pressure to convert their land to other uses that are not as carbon beneficial.