Table 2.5 - Average and total storage of carbon in live trees on timberland in the Southeast, by forest type and productivity class, 1987
Volume of
growing stock
Volume of
solid wood
Forest type and productivity class Area of timberland Softwood Hardwood Softwood Hardwood Average carbon storage in trees Total carbon storage in trees
(1,000 ac) (1,000,000 cu ft) (1,000,000 cu ft) (Lbs/ac) (1,000 metric tons)
White-redjack pine
85+ 365 699 142 1,160 308 55,665 9,216
50 to 85 98 115 56 191 121 46,957 2,088
20 to 50 18 25 6 42 13 42,486 347
Total 480 839 204 1,393 442 53,517 11,652
Spruce-fir
85+ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
50 to 85 9 10 5 16 11 44,431 182
20 to 50 9 7 1 12 2 20,486 84
Total 18 17 6 28 13 32,530 266
Longleaf-slash pine (planted)
85 + 1,347 1,643 23 2,757 53 40,793 24,924
50 to 85 3,671 1,882 24 3,172 60 17,215 28,666
20 to 50 623 120 1 202 3 6,426 1,816
Total 5,641 3,644 50 6,130 120 21,665 55,436
Loblolly-shortleaf pine (planted)
85 + 1,693 2,081 68 3,445 149 36,137 27,751
50 to 85 3,929 1,747 111 2,898 243 13,689 24,396
20 to 50 290 52 0 87 0 5,058 665
Total 5,913 3,881 180 6,432 395 19,703 52,845
Longleaf-slash pine (natural)
85 + 1,391 2,675 175 4,503 416 69,205 43,665
50 to 85 3,267 3,767 159 6,352 378 40,297 59,716
20 to 50 1,501 972 10 1,634 24 21,599 14,705
Total 6,160 7,414 345 12,488 820 42,269 118,106
Loblolly-shortleaf pine (natural)
85 + 5,799 11,672 1,879 19,375 4,132 70,574 185,636
50 to 85 7,600 8,694 1,282 14,431 2,813 39,418 135,886
20 to 50 1,487 1,057 97 1,752 214 22,754 15,347
Total 14,886 21,424 3,259 35,559 7,161 49,895 336,902
Oak-pine
85 + 2,713 2,441 2,497 4,056 5,516 66,809 82,215
50 to 85 5,453 2,966 2,662 4,944 5,917 37,583 92,960
20 to 50 1,431 533 290 890 640 19,898 12,915
Total 9,598 5,939 5,448 9,889 12,071 43,196 188,058
Oak-hickory
85 + 7,186 944 13,387 1,567 29,170 84,276 274,699
50 to 85 15,013 1,353 17,868 2,250 39,275 54,478 370,984
20 to 50 3,155 291 2,687 485 5,873 39,599 56,669
Total 25,351 2,587 33,941 4,300 74,316 61,076 702,319
Oak-gum-cypress
85 + 2,727 759 5,603 1,263 12,485 89,413 110,599
50 to 85 7,056 3,074 10,354 5,172 24,039 72,453 231,888
20 to 50 1,684 1,015 890 1,721 2,121 38,233 29,205
Total 11,467 4,847 16,847 8,155 38,645 71,459 371,681
Elm-ash-cottonwood
85 + 681 50 1,481 83 3,262 85,683 26,467
50 to 85 706 37 1,018 61 2,264 57,437 18,393
20 to 50 34 1 26 2 56 29,357 453
Total 1,422 88 2,525 146 5,581 70,254 45,314
Maple-beech-birch
85 + 67 17 170 28 364 107,578 3,271
50 to 85 157 14 289 23 620 76,287 5,434
20 to 50 13 0 22 0 48 68,917 407
Total 236 32 481 53 1,031 85,198 9,121
Non-stocked timberland
85 + 263 4 12 7 26 422 289
50 to 85 1,394 27 48 46 117 2,251 1,423
20 to 50 1,768 64 16 108 38 1,512 1,212
Total 3,423 97 77 164 184 1,914 2,972
All timberland
85 + 24,229 22,985 25,437 38,245 55,881 71,768 788,733
50 to 85 48,352 23,685 33,877 39,554 75,858 44,319 972,016
20 to 50 12,012 4,137 4,046 6,934 9,031 24,562 133,827
Total 84,595 50,806 63,361 84,732 140,773 49,377 1,894,673