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Can Family-Owned Forests Help the U.S. Achieve a Low-Carbon Future?

Posted by Lucas Isakowitz, Natural Resources Conservation Service Presidential Management Fellow in Conservation Forestry
Jul 19, 2021
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A USDA Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) project is trying to reimagine how carbon markets can work with and for small landholders. The Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP), led by the American Forest Foundation (AFF) and The Nature Conservancy, bases carbon payments on specific forest management practices that have been scientifically shown to increase the amount of carbon that gets removed from the atmosphere and stored in the trees and soil. The project’s goal is to facilitate the participation of nearly 300 million acres of family-owned American forests in carbon markets.

“The CIG funding allowed us to pivot in a number of ways, early on, that helped ensure we were creating a product that worked for the landholders,” said Christine Cadigan, Senior Director for the FFCP.

While the FFCP is still in its early stages, it has been successfully piloted in the Central Appalachian Region. The program has about 50 contracts with landowners, representing over 6,000 acres of forested land. This led to more funding, with the tech giant Amazon gifting about $7.5 million to the project in April 2020. According to the AFF, if 20% of U.S. family forest acres adopted practices that optimized carbon sequestration, about 3.5 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent would be sequestered by the end of the century.

CIG is a competitive program that supports the development of new tools, approaches, practices, and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands. Through creative problem solving and innovation, CIG partners work to address our nation's water quality, air quality, soil health and wildlife habitat challenges, all while improving agricultural operations.

For more details on how USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is working with landholders to promote natural climate solutions, view the Can Family-Owned Forests Help the U.S. Achieve a Low-Carbon Future page.

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Category/Topic: Conservation Forestry

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Daniel Alonso
Jul 19, 2021

How do I apply for a carbon sequestration?

Deloris Morgan
Jul 19, 2021

I would like to participate in this preservation program !!!!

Mark Bogue
Jul 19, 2021

Please send me any further information or a contact for how to become eligible for assistance for storing carbon credit in growing trees.
Thank you!
Mark Bogue

Clyde Gosnell
Jul 19, 2021

I compliment this grant program for private land and forest owners. We all must do our part to address the climate and ecological crisis that we are facing if we expect wild and human survival on planet earth.

Daniel Smith
Jul 19, 2021

It is about time some one realized that the benefits of family owned forests and the families that give freely to the public benefits of oxygen, recreation, wildlife, aesthetics , clean water, carbon sequestration and many others things should be compensated.

My acreage of forest could be easily converted to row crops, pasture or even strip mined to generate greater income but I choose not to.

William H Merritt
Jul 19, 2021

How do I apply for a carbon sequestration?

Peter
Jul 19, 2021

How do I sign up for this oh, I only have about two hundred acres combined do I qualify?

karlen rose evins
Jul 19, 2021

I only have 10 acres. Not sure I qualify, but care and would help if I do.

Tony Luna
Jul 19, 2021

I would like more information..I have 45 acres in Bexar County Texas that we would rather conserve for future generation. We want to commercial development.. Thank you

Grant minor
Jul 19, 2021

I am very interested in the Carbon sequestration programs, activities. I love nature and our environment and want it clean.
I own 2 farms in the Illinois Mississippi River area totaling 550 acres. I have taken approximately 260 acres out of corn production and planted trees n the fields through the CREP program.
How do I find out more about the family forestry program for carbon credits?
Thank you
Grant Minor

Carey Copeland
Jul 19, 2021

What's involved on this program to qualify and any payments

Forest Mosley
Jul 19, 2021

I would like to apply for this grant

Maurice Glenn
Jul 20, 2021

I want to participate in this project. Is an application necessary?

Periasami Nagappan
Jul 20, 2021

This way of forest establishment needed in this days to reduce air impurities and save breathing world.

Philip collins
Jul 20, 2021

How do I participate in the program. Please include landowner’s requirements and compensation to landowner. the subject acreage is 433. Thank you

Dean Durst
Jul 20, 2021

I only have 12 acres of deciduous trees, on my 279 acres. Would this qualify?

Bryan Brown
Jul 20, 2021

How do I register to participate in The Family Forest Carbon Program?

Ben Weaver
Jul 20, 2021

@To readers:

Thank you for your interest in this Conservation Innovation Grants-funded program.

For more information on how to participate, please contact Elizabeth Greener (EGreener@forestfoundation.org) or Christine Cadigan (CCadigan@forestfoundation.org) at the American Forest Foundation.

J L Bohman
Jul 20, 2021

I would like to know more about this program and how I can apply
Thanking you in advance for your time and attention to my question

Ben Weaver
Jul 20, 2021

@J L Bohman - thank you for your interest in this Conservation Innovation Grants-funded program.

For more information on how to participate, please contact Elizabeth Greener (EGreener@forestfoundation.org) or Christine Cadigan (CCadigan@forestfoundation.org) at the American Forest Foundation.

Duane Farrant
Jul 20, 2021

I'm interested, but don't own, but 18+ acres.

Sid & Cheryl Goodloe
Jul 20, 2021

We have approximately 300 acres of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir in South Central New Mexico and would like to have more information on participating in this program.
Thanks,
Sid and Cheryl

Robert Zimmerman
Jul 21, 2021

What are the requirements to get the credits ? What, if any, are the restrictions placed on the land by this program by the government and does it allow public access by participating? How long is the participation contract?
Thanks

Donnie Dunbar
Jul 21, 2021

We have a couple specific woods in West Kentucky and we would like more info.

Brian K Hudley
Jul 28, 2021

Greetings,

I am presently participating in the forestry program in Laurens county. I would like to see if my property in Gwinnett County qualifies.

regards,

Ben Weaver
Jul 28, 2021

@Brian K Hudley - thank you for your interest in this Conservation Innovation Grants-funded program.

For more information on how to participate, please contact Elizabeth Greener (EGreener@forestfoundation.org) or Christine Cadigan (CCadigan@forestfoundation.org) at the American Forest Foundation.

Matthew Beauchamp
Aug 17, 2021

I would like more information on how to participate in this preservation program. Is it carbon credits or cash subsidies? I own over two hundred acres of forest land and have been approached about logging it. I am not against logging but would prefer an alternative.

Ben Weaver
Aug 18, 2021

@Matthew Beauchamp - thank you for your interest in this Conservation Innovation Grants-funded program.

For more information on how to participate, please contact Elizabeth Greener (EGreener@forestfoundation.org) or Christine Cadigan (CCadigan@forestfoundation.org) at the American Forest Foundation.

Maurice Hill
Sep 12, 2021

I would like to participate in this program and learn more about to better preserve air and water quality.

Ben Weaver
Sep 13, 2021

@Maurice Hill - thank you for your interest in this Conservation Innovation Grants-funded program.

For more information on how to participate, please contact Elizabeth Greener (EGreener@forestfoundation.org) or Christine Cadigan (CCadigan@forestfoundation.org) at the American Forest Foundation.