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. 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.
- Forest Carbon Inventory for Vermont / Fact Sheet on Vermont Forest Carbon
- Creating and Maintaining Resilient Forests in Vermont: Adapting Forests to Climate Change
- New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: January 2018
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