appalachian carbon partnership
The Appalachian Carbon Partnership (ACP) is a powerful new model for promoting the practice of sustainable forest management on private, non-industrial forest lands. This program is the first ever in Central Appalachia to compensate forest landowners for the carbon sequestered by their sustainably managed forests, linking the global issue of climate change directly to local sustainable development in Central Appalachia.
The ACP works to achieve the following goals:
• Increase the ecological health and economic value of forests in Central Appalachia.
• Increase the practice of sustainable forest management.
• Connect landowners to new revenue options including carbon offsets and other certified sustainable forest products.
The ACP has two lead organizational partners to help with landowner outreach throughout Central Appalachia: Rural Action in Ohio and Appalachian Sustainable Development in Virginia.
Landowners: if you would like more information about how sustainable forest management can generate additional income through carbon offset payments, click here to visit the Appalachian Carbon Partnership website or contact Angie Allman, firstname.lastname@example.org, forestry program associate to learn more.
Businesses and Individuals: If you are interested in lowering your carbon footprint while supporting sustainable forest management you can easily calculate your emissions and offset directly online. For bulk sales and special pricing, please contact email@example.com.
How Managed Forest Carbon Offsets Work:
Forests efficiently reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere when they grow. Growing trees take in carbon dioxide, which is one part carbon and two parts oxygen. They use the carbon to build new wood and release the oxygen back into the air.
Through the managed forest carbon offsets market, landowners are paid for the amount of carbon dioxide that is removed from the atmosphere by their forests and stored as a building block of new wood. One carbon offset is equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent for another greenhouse gas such as methane, sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxide. Greenhouse gasses trap heat from the sun. This is the main cause of climate change.
The service that trees provide to remove carbon dioxide from the air has gained more attention as climate change has become a global threat. Forests that are well managed can take in additional carbon dioxide and keep the carbon locked in their wood for long periods of time.
To be eligible for this market, the carbon offsets must be the result of certified sustainable forest management. This means that forest landowners must provide documentation to prove that the offsets are real and result from certified sustainable management of existing forests.