Climate Change and Forests

Look up at hardwoodsThe 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. The Forest Ecosytem Monitoring Cooperative: Climate Connection has tools for understanding climate change and how it impacts forest ecosystems in the Northeast through a selection of online tools from trusted sources. More information on Carbon Management, Climate Change Impacts, and Forest Adaptation to prepare forests for climate change is available from the sources listed below. 


For More Information on Climate Change in Vermont:

State of Vermont: Climate Change in Vermont

VT DEC: Air Quality and Climate Division


For More Information on Climate Change and Forests:

NIACS Climate Change Response Framework

US Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center

USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub

Danielle Fitzko, Director
Division of Forests
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620
(802) 828-1531