Infographic: What role do forests play in the carbon cycle?

Forests absorb carbon from the atmosphere as they grow, and release it when they die and decay, or burn in forests fires. How we manage forests and use forest products also affects the carbon balance.

See the role forests play in the carbon cycle in this infographic.

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The role of forests in the carbon cycle illustrated in an infographic composed of elements such as soil carbon storage, carbon emissions, carbon removals and flow of carbon from one pool to another. Diagram shows a forest fire, forest growing, decomposition, deforestation, afforestation, harvesting, burning and landfills (from wood harvesting to the mill: wood products, bioenergy and landfills).
 
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The role of forests in the carbon cycle illustrated in an infographic composed of elements such as soil carbon storage, carbon emissions, carbon removals and flow of carbon from one pool to another. Diagram shows a forest fire, forest growing, decomposition, deforestation, afforestation, harvesting, burning and landfills (from wood harvesting to the mill: wood products, bioenergy and landfills).