Quick Facts on Forest Carbon in Minnesota

  • Minnesota has 17.4 million acres of forests and is 34% forested.
  • Minnesota forest carbon stocks have increased by 8% from 1990 to 2019.
  • Average carbon density in aboveground trees across Minnesota forests is 15.5 US tons per acre.

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

  • Remove 14% of all CO2 emissions in the state. (Across the US, this value is also 14%.)
  • Store the equivalent of 50 years of all CO2 emissions produced in the state.