Quick Facts on Forest Carbon in Colorado

  • Colorado has 20.1 million acres of forests and is 30% forested.
  • Colorado forest carbon stocks have decreased by 6% from 1990 to 2019.
  • Average carbon density in aboveground trees across Colorado forests is 13.9 US tons per acre.

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

  • Remove a minimal amount of all CO2 emissions in the state after taking into account forest mortality. (Across the US, this value is 14%.)
  • Store the equivalent of 52 years of all CO2 emissions produced in the state.