Owners of forestland in the Pacific NW could benefit more under a national carbon offsets system, as trees common to the region store more carbon per acre than East Coast species. Pictured: Douglas firs in an Oregon forest.Courtesy Ecotrust's sbeebe via FlickrThough most people probably think of national parks when they think of forests, more than half of the 750 million acres of forestland in the United States is actually privately owned, much of it by individuals and families, according to the American Forest Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy organization. Together, these trees suck up about 10 percent of U.S. carbon …
Get Grist in Your Inbox
Jessica Knoblauch is a freelance journalist living in the San Francisco Bay area.
Antarctica’s “bleeding glacier” is kind of terrifying
This app helps you avoid supporting Monsanto and other terrible companies
Occupy the Farm movement rises again, hours after being raided
Monster ice sheets destroy homes, terrorize residents
Brooklyn police bust rooftop grow operation … of heirloom tomatoes