Quick Facts on Forest Carbon in Virginia

  • Virginia has 16.0 million acres of forests and is 63% forested.
  • Virginia forest carbon stocks have increased by 32% from 1990 to 2019.
  • Average carbon density in aboveground trees across Virginia forests is 33.1 US tons per acre.
  • In Virginia, forests, urban trees, and harvested wood products:
    • Remove 40% of all CO2 emissions in the state. (Across the US, this value is 14%.)
    • Store the equivalent of 47 years of all CO2 emissions produced in the state.