Topic: Forest

Forest Articles

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Amazon Fires: What We Know and What We Can Do

Brazil is better positioned than any other nation to lead the pathway to the low-carbon economy. Its 7+ billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions that have been avoided through Brazil’s enormous and successful effort to slow Amazon deforestation are now poised to be monetized.
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Private Investors Protect Vast Forests in US Coal Country

The Nature Conservancy will manage the land, known as the Cumberland Forest Project, for a decade, and will provide investors financial returns from three sources: revenue from certified sustainable timber sales, carbon offset credits and the eventual sale of the land, at the end of the period, with long-term or permanent management restrictions in place.
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After Green Group Buys Forest, Logging Remains

Only part of the land will be logged. The Forest Stewardship Council, a nonprofit group, will make sure the logging operations meet environmental and safety measures. And cutting down trees is only one way the forest can make money. Thanks to California's climate change rules, forest owners can profit from their trees' carbon-absorbing powers.
Soy farm in Brazil

Soy farm in Brazil / Michael Swan / CC BY-ND 2.0

How Guaranteed Offtake Can Drive Sustainable Agriculture

As food companies look to lower supply chain risk and reduce their ecological footprint, new strategies are emerging to increase adoption of sustainability practices among farmers. Several companies have begun using long-term contracts — purchase agreements guaranteeing offtake beyond an annual time horizon — to stabilize costs and allow both grower and buyer to plan further into the future.
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First Nations Have Created a Robust Conservation Economy in Great Bear Rainforest: Report

Over the past decade, First Nations have created a robust conservation economy in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest old-growth temperate rainforests left in the world, through investments in sustainable development and environmental stewardship projects that link the health of nature to the wellbeing of indigenous communities, according to a new report.
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Seeing the Forest and the Trees in Whole New Ways

Timber managers are beginning to look beyond the trees to make money on their forestland portfolios as well as to transition the asset class as an antidote to climate change.
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USDA Announces Availability of $12.5 Million in Conservation Innovation Grants

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals through July 30, 2019, for national Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). CIG projects inspire creative problem-solving that boosts production on farms, ranches, and private forests — ultimately, they improve water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat. All U.S.-based non-federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply.