Carbon Sequestration

Carbon sequestration” describes the process of capture and long-term storage of  atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in a stable state. “Carbon finance” describes financial tools that aim to monetize avoided emissions to create markets, putting a price on carbon emissions. Land trusts are such as Downeast Lakes Land Trust and Pacific Forest Trust are already implementing emissions reduction projects. This includes “improved forest management”, which allows trees to grow older before harvesting, “reforestation of forestland”, and “avoided loss or conversion of forests”. These various approaches to forest restoration and protection are already often part of or consistent with land trust management plans. When stewardship objectives can align, carbon finance offers potential to support long-term management objectives that include avoided emissions benefits.

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