All living plant matter absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of photosynthesis
Trees process significantly more than smaller plants due to their size and root structures, which are extensive. Trees are kings of the plant world. As such, they have woodier biomass to store carbon dioxide than smaller plants. We refer to this storage as “carbon sinks” or reservoirs. Planting and protecting trees are the least expensive and easiest way to offset the CO2 you generate daily and throughout your life.
With each post I will be providing a photo of me next to various trees that I have encountered in my daily routine of walking and/or hiking while traveling. It will include information relative to that tree/species and an attempt to estimate its carbon sequestration rate (amount of CO2 absorbed over its life).
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
White Ash in Caumsett State Park, Long Island, NY
Tree diameter 44 inches; approx. height 60 feet
CO2 sequestered: 75,670 lbs. +/- lifetime; age guess 100+/- years
Caucasian Wingnut Tree
Scarlet Oak Tree
Circumference: 6′ 9”,
Height: 42 ft.
Tree Diameter: 25.8 inches.
Age: 65 +/- years.
CO2 Sequestered: 9226.2 lbs