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Forests that Reduce Carbon Pollution

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.

The Forest Carbon Cooperative: A first-of-its-kind

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.

Benefits of the Forest Carbon Cooperative

  • Income for landowners over 20 years to pay for enhanced forest management practices;
  • Healthier forests, cleaner water, and reduced damage from future floods;
  • A greater diversity of plants and animals, and healthier wildlife habitat;
  • Continued timber harvests and maple sugaring;
  • Long-term protection of the Northern Forest, and the environmental and economic values it provides.

Get involved

  • Purchase credits. Some credits from Cold Hollow to Canada are still available!
  • Consider enrolling your forestland. We aren’t quite ready to sign up new participants, but it’s never too early to start learning. Ideal lot sizes are hundreds of acres—preferably more if combined with adjacent parcels.
  • Learn more by contacting Tricia Bhatia at (802) 262-1228.

 

 

 

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VLT
Facts
596,000+
Total acres
protected
730+
Farms using
conserved land
428,000
Acres of
forestland
170
Recreation
spots
60
Miles
Catamount Trail
470
Miles
VAST Trail
2,500+
Properties
protected