Carbon dioxide is the most commonly produced greenhouse gas. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Healthy forests, grasslands, wetlands, and coastal ecosystems all help sequester carbon, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These ecosystems also provide crucial co-benefits for our community.
For example, as trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the air and convert it into carbon, which is stored in tree trunks, roots, foliage and soil. Trees also provide benefits such as reducing air, water, and noise pollution, and keeping our hard surfaces cooler, reducing air-conditioning needs during heat events.