Results of Carbon Project to be Presented at February Conference

Project Report to Summarize Carbon Credit Potential for Managed Forests

 

(Mpls, MN) The results of a carbon credit project involving public land managers in Northern Minnesota will be presented at a conference on February 26th.

 

"The findings of this project can help inform land managers who are interested in understanding what opportunities exist for forest-based carbon credits," says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners and project manager.

 

Started last November, the project has modeled carbon credit opportunities based upon the lands managed by the Aitkin and Cass County Land Departments. Both counties have had their forests certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for about ten years.

 

"We decided to participate in the Northwoods Carbon Credit Partnership because we are interested in determining what additional market values our forestlands offer," says Beth Jacqmain, of the Aitkin County Land Department.

 

The modeling work for the project has been completed by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, a research group in Maine that is experienced in carbon credit accounting projects.

 

"The project was designed to evaluate carbon credit potential using a number of different protocols and helps show the pros and cons of the approaches and their relevance to managed forests in Minnesota," says John Gunn, Senior Scientist with Manomet.

 

"We're interested in developing ecosystem markets, but we also wanted to design a project that could move everyone's understanding forward," says Josh Stevenson, of the Cass County Land Department.

 

The conference is being held February 25-27th at the Cloquet Forestry Center near Cloquet, Minnesota. The conference is sponsored by the Blandin Foundation as well as a number of other organizations. Additional information is available at the Blandin Foundation website:

 

http://www.blandinfoundation.org/news/news-events-detail.php?intResourceID=550