How does urban forestry relate to carbon sequestration?

Climate, Forests and Woodlands, Trees for Energy Conservation April 27, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

The urban forestry profession is the care and maintenance of trees within our communities. 


By maintaining trees, we help to extend their lifespans. During a tree's life, it continually takes in carbon in the form of carbon dioxide. With water and energy from the sun, each tree produces food to support itself. By taking in the carbon and holding on to it to grow and form new plant cells, the tree sequesters the carbon for the life of that tree. In some cases, the sequestration can even extend beyond the life of a given tree, if the wood from the tree is turned into a durable (long-lived) wood product.

Additionally, strategically placed trees can conserve energy, and therefore reduce energy demands. This allows more carbon to remain in a sequestered state vs. being burned for energy production.

Photo Credit: Raina Sheridan


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.