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Oak leaves Oak Leaves © Maddy Baker

Stories in Idaho

Planting a Healthy Future

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Boise foothills A view of the city from the Boise foothills. © Christian Nafzger

A newly released report looks at the importance of the Treasure Valley’s community forests in addressing the impacts of Idaho’s changing climate. The report concludes that while tree plantings alone are not sufficient to solve the problems of a changing climate, they can help to shrink the Valley’s carbon footprint.


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Fall leaves in Boise, ID. Leaves turning color in the fall in Boise, Idaho. © ©Christian Nafzger

A mature 25-year-old tree can store up to 2 tons of CO2

Produced by Treasure Valley Canopy Network, The Nature Conservancy in Idaho and Ecosystem Sciences Foundation, The Treasure Valley Forest Carbon Assessment quantified the economic and carbon value of past and future tree planting projects. The report was funded in part by the Idaho Department of Lands in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service.

 

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Days Above 100 in Boise, Idaho The number of days above 100 degrees in Boise is projected to increase as the climate changes. © TNC

   Planting trees can help us reduce the Treasure Valley's urban heat, which is projected to
increase in the coming years

The report builds off a 2013 assessment that found the Valley's trees collectively store 1.4 million metric tons of CO2 valued at $29 million. Since the 2013 report, about 8,275 trees have been planted. By the year 2042, these trees will have stored more than 15,000 metric tons of CO2 - the equivalent of taking 5,433 drivers and passengers off Treasure Valley roads for one year.

To learn more and to view and download a copy of the report, go to: www.tvcanopy.net/forest-carbon