Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s carbon project covers more than 19,000 acres of the trust’s 33,700 Farm Cove Community Forest in eastern Maine, and registered nearly 200,000 offsets; each offset is equivalent to one ton of carbon dioxide.
The Conservation Fund’s forest carbon offset projects are developed with careful consideration of climate and community benefits. The Fund’s carbon program supports both conservation-based forest management and forest restoration projects in some of America’s favorite places.
Land trusts are already mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration, leading efficiency innovations by example as well as flexible easement language, and making socially responsible investments. By raising awareness and calling for individual and community climate action, land trusts can play a critical role in guiding future land use planning in their region.
Biological carbon sequestration refers to the assimilation and storage of atmospheric carbon in vegetation, soils, woody products, and aquatic environments. Fluxes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) in ecosystems are a function of natural ecosystem processes and anthropogenic activities.
Climate change is already altering fire regimes, invasive plant and insect dispersal, and disease occurrence in forests across the United States. As average global temperature continues to warm, these changes will continue, presenting greater challenges to efforts to sustainably manage forests lands.
Climate change mitigation involves efforts to reduce or prevent emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Mitigation activities may include increasing the use of renewable energy technology, making older equipment more energy efficient, or changing management practices or consumer behavior.
The Pacific Forest Trust is a pioneer of approaches and standards used to create forest climate policies including carbon emissions reductions or offset projects which harness and protect the natural ability of forests to accumulate and hold carbon, acting as carbon “sinks” and providing essential climate benefits.
Opportunities exist to improve soil management in order to increase carbon sinking or sequestration in agricultural and grassland systems.
Carbon storage by ecosystems is valuable for climate protection. This study assesses how combining carbon storage with other ecosystem services affected by biodiversity may well enhance the economic arguments for conservation even further.