Carbon Storage in Lumber and Trees

Trees and lumber safely store carbon from the atmosphere. This is great for the environment and people. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and makes the Earth warmer by trapping heat in the atmosphere. Keeping the Earth warm is how life on Earth has been able to prosper. Too much carbon dioxide, however, heats the Earth’s temperature to unnaturally high levels which can be disastrous for the environment. Trees and lumber are like carbon storage warehouses. The more carbon that is stored the less harmful carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere. The carbon cycle shows how trees play a big role in helping to keep our Earth cool.


Healthy trees are stronger, more able to fend off pests and diseases, and live longer. The stronger and healthier the forests are, the more carbon they can absorb and store.