Interior Releases Study of Carbon Storage and Sequestration in Western Ecosystems as Part of National Assessment

Natural carbon storage by forests, grasslands, wetlands helps counter effects of nation’s carbon emissions; Study finds western U.S. sequesters nearly one and half times as much carbon as Great Plains

WASHINGTON, DC—Forests, grasslands and shrublands and other ecosystems in the West sequester nearly 100 million tons (90.9 million metric tons) of carbon each year, according to a Department of the Interior report released today.


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