Fact Sheets

How Do Managed Forests Contribute to Reducing Climate Change?

Forests play a critical role in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through carbon sequestration and other processes. Productive forests that are managed to produce products that store carbon and replace fossil fuels most often have greater long-term carbon benefits than forests left unmanaged. The temporal and spatial scope of forest carbon budget assessments greatly influence conclusions drawn in published studies. Substantial but often overlooked carbon benefits also accrue when active management reduces the potential for wildfire and other disturbances, and when markets for wood create incentives that reduce conversion to urban development or to other land uses with substantial and permanent carbon impacts.