Quick Facts on Forest Carbon in Iowa

  • Iowa has 2.9 million acres of forests and is 8% forested.
  • Iowa forest carbon stocks have increased by 12% from 1990 to 2019.
  • Average carbon density in aboveground trees across Iowa forests is 22.5 US tons per acre.

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

  • Remove 4% of all CO2 emissions in the state. (Across the US, this value is 14%.)
  • Store the equivalent of 10 years of all CO2 emissions produced in the state.