Where the Trees Are in the U.S.

NASA brings us a fascinating image of where the trees are within the United States:

Where the Trees Are : Image of the Day.

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Trees are one of Earth’s largest banks for storing the carbon that gets emitted by natural processes and human activities. Forests cover about 30 percent of the planet’s surface, and as much as 45 percent of the carbon stored on land is tied up in forests.

But did global forests hold more or less carbon in the past? And could they store more in the future? Does it matter where those trees are growing? Scientists really don’t know. But before they can find out, they’ll need a reliable inventory of what is growing today.

I’m actually surprised at how bare Michigan’s lower peninsula is as I’ve always thought we had quite an amazing amount of trees. It doesn’t take very far on the freeway to be passing through what appears to be endless forest. Given all the logging that took place in the U.P. I figured that would be a bit less dense, but despite looking pretty good most of Michigan is a sad comparison to places on the west coast.

How do things look where you live?