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.