West Virginia


Quick Facts on Forest Carbon in West Virginia

  • West Virginia has 12.1 million acres of forests and is 79% forested.
  • West Virginia forest carbon stocks have increased by 14% from 1990 to 2019.
  • Average carbon density in aboveground trees across West Virginia forests is 35.9 US tons per acre.
  • In West Virginia, forests, urban trees, and harvested wood products:
    • Remove 16% of all CO2 emissions in the state. (Across the US, this value is 14%.)
    • Store the equivalent of 45 years of all CO2 emissions produced in the state.