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New forests a reservoir for carbon

Planting trees on previously non-forested land has been shown to offset carbon emissions by helping trap carbon in soil.

Large quantities of carbon naturally accumulate in soil, especially in areas that have not previously been forested. This process is due to encroaching shrubs and grassland as well as the death and regrowth of roots.

These reservoirs of carbon are helping to offset emissions by storing carbon naturally, and new studies have shown that planting trees in areas that were previously non-forested has enabled up to 32% more carbon to be safely stored in surrounding soils.

Read more at University of Michigan

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