The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization defines climate-smart forestry
as building on the concepts of sustainable forest management, with a strong focus on climate and ecosystem services. It builds on three mutually reinforcing components:
- Increasing carbon storage in forests and wood products, in conjunction with the provisioning of other ecosystem services
- Enhancing forest health and resilience through climate change adaptive forest management
- Using wood resources sustainably to substitute non-renewable, carbon-intensive materials
While there’s no current system to certify ‘climate-smart’ wood products, U.S. forest carbon stocks are healthy and growing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which assesses annual forest stocks.