Quick Facts on Forest Carbon in Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts has 3.0 million acres of forests and is 61% forested.
  • Massachusetts forest carbon stocks have increased by 12% from 1990 to 2019.
  • Average carbon density in aboveground trees across Massachusetts forests is 38.5 US tons per acre.

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

  • Remove 8% of all CO2 emissions in the state. (Across the US, this value is 14%.)
  • Store the equivalent of 18 years of all CO2 emissions produced in the state.