Quick Facts on Forest Carbon in Kentucky

  • Kentucky has 12.4 million acres of forests and is 49% forested.
  • Kentucky forest carbon stocks have increased by 18% from 1990 to 2019.
  • Average carbon density in aboveground trees across Kentucky forests is 29.6 US tons per acre.

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

  • Remove 13% of all CO2 emissions in the state. (Across the US, this value is 14%.)
  • Store the equivalent of 28 years of all CO2 emissions produced in the state.