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Empress Trees Are the Best Tree To Solve Global Carbon Dioxide Problem

Adding about 10% more global forest using Empress Splendor trees would offset all of the CO2 generated by human civilization each year. The US and Canada have 3.2 billion acres of forest (1.3 billion hectares).

Forests cover 31 percent of the world’s land surface, just over 4 billion hectares (10 billion acres). This is down from the pre-industrial area of 5.9 billion hectares. We can plant and grow trees on an additional 2-3 billion acres without removing buildings and other construction.

Each acre of most tree species can capture and store 1.1 to 9.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year but an acre of empress trees can absorb 103 tons of CO2 per year.

Empress trees provide hardwood lumber in 7 to 10 years. The World Tree Carbon Offset Program is taking planting the Empress Splendor tree. The Empress tree is a wet wood which makes it naturally fire and insect resistant. It is a non-invasive, hybrid species, that can grow in many parts of the United States and Canada, where its primary use is lumber.