Quick Facts on Forest Carbon in California

  • California has 31.5 million acres of forests and is 32% forested.
  • California forest carbon stocks have increased by 10% from 1990 to 2019.
  • Average carbon density in aboveground trees across California forests is 33.9 US tons per acre.

In California, forests, urban trees, and harvested wood products:

  • Remove 9% of all CO2 emissions in the state. (Across the US, this value is 14%.)
  • Store the equivalent of 30 years of all CO2 emissions produced in the state.