The American Forest Foundation, a national conservation organization that works with family forest owners, and The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization, today announced expansion plans for their Family Forest Carbon Program, which empowers America’s rural family forest owners to improve forest health while addressing climate change.
The Family Forest Carbon Program will open enrollment to landowners with as little as 30 acres up to 2,400 acres. It will be the first carbon program in West Virginia to offer enrollment to owners of small forest parcels.
Families and individuals collectively own the largest portion — 39% — of U.S. forests. However, less than one percent of the land in existing forest carbon projects are on properties under 1,000 acres in size. This is mostly due to high upfront costs, complexity and contract length.