Carbon Sequestration of Trees
Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing, removing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is naturally captured or absorbed from the atmosphere and is stored as carbon in plants, soils, rocks and oceans all known as carbon sinks. When CO2 is absorbed by trees, plants, and crops through photosynthesis it is stored as carbon in biomass, such as leaves, tree trunks, branches and roots. Through photosynthesis, plants sequest carbon and give off oxygen into the atmosphere.
Carbon sequestration is of utmost importance because it has a large influence on levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and as rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are directly responsible for growing concerns about global warming and climate change it is a subject close to our hearts.
Luckily, planting a tree is one of the easiest ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere and is a way we can directly make a contribution.
The amount of carbon that can be sequestered by each individual tree varies hugely by species, variety, soil type, situation, climate, husbandry and pruning regime. As a general rule the larger the tree the more carbon it has or will sequest over its lifetime.
By planting new trees, large and small, as well as preserving existing trees, we can help increase oxygen and decrease carbon dioxide in the atmosphere thus reducing our carbon footprint.
Always bear in mind your situation when planting trees and pick a size of tree that is appropriate to the site you are planting in.