TIMBER IS OREGON'S BIGGEST CARBON POLLUTER
A new study finds that forests are key to reducing the state’s climate impacts.
A study from Oregon State University has found that logging and wood products are the biggest source of carbon dioxide in Oregon. The wood products sector generated about 1.5 times more CO2 emissions than the transportation and energy sectors.
Wood product emissions are the result of fuel burned by logging equipment, the hauling of timber, milling, wood burned during forestry activities, and the ongoing decomposition of trees after they are cut. OSU research Beverly Law states '..we think we've been giving wood too much credit' as a green building material.