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appalachian carbon partnership

 

MACED appreciates the support and interest shown by many people in our carbon offsets program, the Appalachian Carbon Partnership. Unfortunately, we are unable to continue the program in its current form. 

 

ACP promoted sustainable forest management on private, non-industrial forestland in Central Appalachia, and compensated forest landowners for carbon sequestered by their forests. ACP sought to create a community of landowners and partners that worked together to increase sustainable forest management, ecological health and economic value of Central Appalachian forests, and wealth for economically distressed communities.

 

The carbon credits market has changed significantly since MACED began offering this program to landowners eight years ago. The verification platform we originally used to register and market carbon offsets is no longer in operation. We tried for four years to transition from the original platform (the Chicago Climate Exchange, or CCX) to a different one. In the end, we determined that the new platform would have imposed impractical requirements for small landowners in the Central Appalachian region.

 

Since we started the carbon offsets program in 2007, we have helped 48 landowners certify 28,739 acres of forestland as sustainably managed. Not only did we facilitate their learning about how to best care for their forestland, but we also were able to help them better understand why sustainable forests matter – to them as landowners, to the environment, and to the economic health of eastern Kentucky.

 

"Going through the certification process, I learned a lot more about the land and about managing it, and what to do and what not to do [in my forest]. There's a process to go through, but the process… was simple and fun, and you meet lots of nice people," said Noel Watts, an ACP landowner in Somerset, Ky. "I think it's our obligation to future generations to properly manage the land."

 

We learned a lot about forests and about what it takes to move big ideas over the past eight years. This program may be winding down, but MACED remains committed to developing opportunities in this important sector of our regional economy. We look forward to finding new ways to promote good stewardship and better capitalize on this vital resource to benefit our communities well into the future.

 

We hope you will continue to support our forestry work as we seek new and exciting endeavors for its future.