We seek to remove obstacles to forest carbon projects, allow smaller landowners to access the market, and enable ventures that would otherwise not be possible. More carbon capture means more long-term forest conservation!
Forests sequester carbon
Forest owners know the ecological value of their forests. And now, some of them are getting paid for it.
California has the country’s first enforced cap-and-trade program, requiring companies that emit carbon to cut their emissions. To meet a part of this requirement, firms can buy offsets from forest owners who have committed to enrich their forests’ biomass.
Store more carbon.
Certain forestry methods risk releasing carbon into the atmosphere. Our members learn to avoid the release of carbon and to instead sequester carbon in their forests.
We offer small landowners a fast track to the carbon market. With our guidance, forest owners can start offset projects and monetize the carbon stored by their forests. We provide members a chance to broaden their revenues beyond timber and cultivate their forests’ ecological value.
While many members are forest owners, our tools and know-how can help others, too! Those who share the goal of forest conservation, such as foresters and land trusts, can also benefit from partnering with us.
A comprehensive overview of carbon markets
Want to learn even more about the carbon market and the role of forests? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared a thorough video and slide presentation titled “Forest Carbon for the Private Landowner” that is available online. Sarah Hines, Ecosystem Services Specialist, discusses the functions of offsets in compliance cap-and-trade markets, complexities in quantifying carbon credits and considerations for landowners. Forest Carbon Works distills these complexities and considerations into a simple membership service that creates easy access for all landowners.
Our value proposition
We have three keys that unlock access to the carbon markets for small landowners. Without these essential services that Forest Carbon Works provides to its members, most landowners cannot establish a financially viable forest carbon project on their property.
Typical carbon inventories can cost tens-of-thousands of dollars and require a professional forester. Using our Carbon Works App, we allow the landowner to internalize the cost of the carbon inventory. This reduces the greatest upfront cost required to establish your forest carbon project. Without the Carbon Works App most landowners are unable or unwilling to pay for a traditional carbon inventory.
For any project to be financially viable — forest carbon project or otherwise — revenues must exceed costs. Besides the cost of the carbon inventory, other costs to establish a forest carbon project include those of a third-party auditor to assess the project, credit registration fees and the cost to document the project according the requirements for forest carbon projects. In order to minimize costs and to maximize annual payments to landowners, we spread certain fixed costs across multiple carbon projects in the same physical region (perhaps the same state, or a larger area such as New England). This means that we closely track the number of applicants in your region to assess when the volume of applicants is sufficient to minimize these costs. If a landowner had to bear these costs without the support of additional landowners in the same region, these costs would far exceed the landowner’s revenues from their forest carbon project.
The rules and requirements for forest carbon projects are complex. Multiply this complexity across many landowners each establishing their own carbon project to illustrate the need for standardization. We reduce the establishment costs of forest carbon projects by reducing complexity, requiring that all members of Forest Carbon Works meet certain prerequisites. We reduce the transaction costs of working with multiple landowners by using the Forest Carbon Works platform, this website. Without standardization, the cost of complexity would prohibit the financial viability to reach sufficient regional volumes and therefore prohibit access to carbon markets for many small landowners.