Vermont’s forests sit at the center of the Great Northern Forest which stretches from the Upper Midwest to the Canadian Maritimes. It is the largest intact broadleaf forest in the world—and it stores billions of tons of carbon dioxide, the pollution that causes climate change.
Now, woodland owners in Vermont can do more to fight climate change by managing their forests to capture and store even more carbon dioxide. Eighty percent of Vermont’s forests are owned by private landowners, so the decisions they make matter a great deal for the rest of us.
Ten landowners, managing 7,500 acres of forestland in the northern Green Mountains, are part of the first forest carbon cooperative in the US. In partnership with Cold Hollow to Canada, we have helped these landowners enroll in the voluntary carbon market and find buyers for the carbon credits. Some businesses, individuals, and institutions buy carbon credits as a way to reduce the impact of the pollution they create. In working together, the landowners were able to spread out the costs of participating in the carbon market, which has been a barrier for owners of small woodlots.
Press release, April 21, 2020: As Part of Its Plan to be Net Zero Carbon by 2040, Amazon Commits $10 Million to Restore and Conserve 4 Million Acres of Forest in the Appalachians and other U.S. Regions in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy