Our local and national parks are by far the best carbon storage we have. Do you remember when we talked about the benefits of trees yesterday? We mentioned that an acre of trees is capable of absorbing the equivilent carbon produced by driving your car 26,000 miles, about 2.6 tons of carbon.
There are approximately 33 million acres of forest in the state of California, enough to offset 1.5 million passenger cars each year. If you want to think about that in economic terms, to buy carbon offsets equivilent to what our parks already do, it would cost about $1.1 billion.
Not that you need any reason to visit your local park other than it is a lovely day!