Placing harvested wood products in the forest carbon discussion

Forest carbon
Forest products
Forest Resources Association webinar.

May 23, 2024

Across the US, wood products store nearly three billion metric tonnes of carbon in products in use and in solid waste disposal sites, accounting for nearly 5% of carbon stored in all forest land and harvested wood pools. Wood products continue to store carbon after being processed into different uses, with longevities ranging from a few years (e.g., paper) to many decades (e.g., lumber or oriented strandboard). This presentation provides a background on harvested wood products from a carbon perspective, highlighting the role that wood durability and longevity play in understanding how different wood product types contribute to carbon storage.