Quick Facts on Forest Carbon in Illinois

  • Illinois has 5.0 million acres of forests and is 14% forested.
  • Illinois forest carbon stocks have increased by 14% from 1990 to 2019.
  • Average carbon density in aboveground trees across Illinois forests is 26.7 US tons per acre.

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

  • Remove 2% of all CO2 emissions in the state. (Across the US, this value is 14%.)
  • Store the equivalent of six years of all CO2 emissions produced in the state.