The world’s climate has been changing and even more change is predicted. One of the major greenhouse gases (GHGs) contributing to climate change is carbon dioxide (CO2). Forests play an important role in reducing carbon in the air as they take in CO2 through photosynthesis and store carbon in their wood, branches, foliage, and roots. Carbon can be stored for extended periods of time in trees and in soils (what is referred to as “carbon stock”), and healthy trees continue to take in additional CO2 on a yearly basis (referred to as “carbon sequestration”). Maintaining and increasing forestland and engaging in community tree plantings can help reduce GHG emissions. Information on climate change, impacts, and ways to prepare forests for changes are available from the sources listed below.
Special Feature: Interactive Tool allows you to explore what climate change will mean for the state and for particular regions and communities.
- Climate Change Projections For Individual Tree Species
- New England And New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment
- Considering Forest And Grassland Carbon In Land Management
- Can We Store Carbon And Have Our Timber And Habitat Too?
- Forest Carbon Calculators: A Review For Managers, Policymakers, And Educators
- Drought Gallery - A Collection Of Maps, Apps, And Resources
- Forest Carbon Inventory For Vermont
- Fact sheet on Vermont forest carbon
- Climate Change in Vermont
- Vermont Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Northern Institute of Applied Carbon Science
- Forests and Carbon Storage
- Research on carbon sequestration and forest management in Vermont
- Carbon Valuation Tool for forest landowners
- Earthworms in Forests includes soil carbon interactions
- Climate Change in the Northeast U.S.
- Climate Change Research and Development
- Tree Species Atlas
- Bird Species Atlas
- Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change
- Forest Adaptation Demonstration Projects
- Increasing Forest Resiliency for an Uncertain Future
- Vermont Natural Resources Climate Change Adaptation Framework