Prince Edward Island, Canada — PEI’s forests are projected to capture and store between 0.04 and 0.08 megatonnes of carbon emissions per year in the coming decades with the help of PEI’s 16,000 woodlot owners, according to the latest State of Forest Report. The report covers PEI forest trends from 2010 to 2020. It gives residents and decision-makers a snapshot of PEI’s forests and is intended to stimulate discussion and inform individual management decisions. “For the first time, this State of the Forest Report includes information on forest carbon storage. Given that more than 85 per cent of PEI’s forests are privately owned, encouraging forest expansion and supporting sustainable management will be critical to ensuring Island forests can capture carbon for decades to come,” said Environment, Energy and Climate Action Minister Steven Myers. …The State of the Forest will help inform development of a new forest policy, with public consultations led by the Forestry Commission expected in 2024.