Washington’s Forests Combat Global Climate Change.

Issues such as global climate change highlight the importance of our forest resource. Forests and wood products store carbon dioxide, the major component of greenhouse gas. Washington State recognizes the value of managed forest lands in combating global climate change, which should help make us all aware of the critical role of forestry as a preferred land use.

Scientific studies have shown that faster growing trees, less than 50 years old, remove more carbon dioxide from the air than older trees. Carbon dioxide continues to be stored in lumber and wood products indefinitely. Photo courtesy of Keith W. Woods.