Carbon Projects

Forest-based carbon offsets projects provide payments to landowners for securing carbon dioxide by planting trees, using improved forest management techniques, and avoiding development.  Carbon offsets therefore have the potential to offer a financially viable alternative to overharvesting and real-estate development.    These payments, therefore, can help to incentivize landowners to keep their forests intact and manage sustainably.  We are investigating the use of carbon offsets to generate revenue to support long-term conservation.

Project 1Optimizing the Greenhouse Gas Storage Capacity and Productivity of Degraded Forest lands:  Using Rehabilitation Forestry and Carbon Market Participation to Benefit Overharvested Forests in Vermont.

Project Partners:

  • Conservation Collaboratives (Project Lead)
  • University of Vermont
  • Redstart Forestry
  • Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
  • Pacific Forest Trust

Funder:  Conservation Innovation Grant.   National Resources Conservation Service, USDA, through the State of Vermont

Project 2.  Evaluating Supply and Demand of Northern Forest Branded Carbon Credits

Project Partners:

  • University of Vermont
  • Agrefresh
  • Conservation Collaboratives (Project Cooperator)
  • Redstart Forestry

Funder: The Northeastern States Research Cooperative