We all know from our elementary science classes that trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO₂) during their growth cycle. Once absorbed, trees lock that carbon in, keeping it out of the atmosphere. In fact, forests, and forest products, capture and store 13 percent of the U.S.’s greenhouse gas emissions each year.
But what many do not know, is that the majority of these forests are owned by family forest owners, not the government or corporations. These family forest owners want to do the right thing to keep their forests healthy, providing for wildlife, keeping water clean, and storing carbon, but they face significant risks and costs, including forest fires, insect infestations, and the ongoing and ever-increasing cost of forest management.