South Dakota


Quick Facts on Forest Carbon in South Dakota

  • South Dakota has 1.9 million acres of forests and is 4% forested.
  • South Dakota forest carbon stocks have decreased by 4% from 1990 to 2019.
  • Average carbon density in aboveground trees across South Dakota forests is 11.7 US tons per acre.
  • In South Dakota, forests, urban trees, and harvested wood products:
    • Remove a minimal amount of all CO2 emissions in the state after taking into account forest mortality. (Across the US, this value is 14%.)
    • Store the equivalent of 28 years of all CO2 emissions produced in the state.