Climate change and global warming seem to be pressing environmental concerns facing the planet today. Many scientists and other groups agree that one of the primary causes of climate change and global warming are harmful greenhouse gases. Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are often called greenhouse gases. Therefore, it stands to reason that one of the ways to address potential climate change and global warming is to reduce greenhouse gases. What you may not know is that using redwood is a great way to go about reducing greenhouse gases.
“Since redwood is a fast-growing species, managed redwood forests excel at removing carbon and reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”
As all trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Through photosynthesis, the carbon gets stored in wood fibers and the oxygen is released back into the air. The faster a tree grows, the more photosynthesis occurs and the more carbon is removed from the atmosphere. Since redwood is a fast-growing species, managed redwood forests excel at removing carbon from the air and reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
This is often referred to as carbon sequestration. Carbon sequestration is the process of removing carbon from the atmosphere and depositing it in a reservoir. In this case, the reservoir is a tree. As redwood trees are harvested and manufactured into lumber, much of the carbon that has been removed from the air continues to be stored in redwood decking, fencing and other wood products. In addition, unlike other species, the root system of redwood trees remains intact following harvest. This means an even greater amount of carbon remains sequestered following harvest, both in the lumber and in the below ground root system. Each year our companies are growing more redwood than we are harvesting, which adds to the net carbon sequestered every year.
Wood is about half carbon by weight. Wood lasts a long time, keeping carbon safely out of the atmosphere for years. Managed forests are regenerated, so more carbon will be removed from the air by the next generation of planted trees, continuing a cycle of carbon removal and storage.
Energy-efficient natural wood products store carbon instead of energy-intensive manufactured products that release carbon into the atmosphere. Using natural redwood can lower your carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.