Engaging U.S. Landowners in Conservation with Carbon
Private landowners own more than half of all forestland in the United States. Conversion for development or agriculture and heavy logging of these lands adversely impacts the water quality, wildlife habitat, and carbon storage benefits provided by these forests.
- Green Assets is a U.S.- based social enterprise that works with private landowners to protect and improve the management of forests using carbon market incentives administered under California’s cap and trade program. In 2012, Green Assets was looking for a trusted partner with technical expertise to supplement its in-house capabilities as it expanded its portfolio of projects.
Since 2012, TerraCarbon has supported Green Assets with assessing feasibility, designing, and monitoring three forest carbon offset projects in North and South Carolina totaling 23,000+ acres. TerraCarbon’s support has included forest inventory design and analysis, as well as forest modeling, that meets the requirements of the California Air Resources Board forest carbon offset standard.
- With TerraCarbon’s assistance, Green Assets has successfully registered and received offsets from all three projects. Most importantly, it has sold these offsets to California compliance buyers, generating critical funding to support the conservation efforts of its landowner partners.
Feasibility, Design, Monitoring