Forest Conservation and Management Benefits

Forests are an important part of our state’s environment and economy. When forests are not well-managed, they are often unhealthy and unproductive because of overcrowding, disease, insects, invasive species, and competition for light, water and nutrients. When they are well-managed, forests provide:

  • Forests renew our air supply by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Trees also clean our atmosphere by intercepting airborne particles and absorbing ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other greenhouse gases. A single tree can absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants a year and produce nearly 260 pounds of oxygen. (SOURCE)
  • Forests absorb and filter rainwater into groundwater. This work is crucial to cities that rely on groundwater for drinking water for millions of people. Healthy forests ensure that groundwater is recharged and performs the first stage of filtration to make the water drinkable.

To maintain or improve the health and productivity of a forest, foresters use a number of management practices. Learn more.