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The Forest Health-Human Health Initiative

Pinchot focus areas:

Climate & Energy
Unlocking Carbon Markets for Family Forest Owners in the PNW
Program Purpose
Carbon markets can provide a new annual income stream to forest owners. This program provides technical and financial assistance to family forestland owners interested in either the voluntary or compliance carbon market. For more information about this program and its partners see our fact sheet.

Benefits to Landowners
Natural resource professionals will collect forest inventory data from your land to assess carbon management and market access. Resources and information available through this program can help family forest landowners plan future forest management, improve forest health, enhance productivity and diversity, generate income, and maintain your family’s forestland legacy.

Our Technical and Financial Assistance Offer
Eligible forest landowners can access:
  1. A no-cost forest carbon credit assessment to determine whether their lands could generate salable carbon credits.
  2. No-cost site visits and advice from experts in forest carbon management and markets.
  3. A high quality carbon market-compliant carbon inventory prepared by a forestry professional.
  4. Guidance in the use of free online forest planning software to weigh alternative ways to manage your forest and to begin developing or revising a management plan.
  5. A special pool of USDA cost-share funding to develop a forest management plan and other management activities, such as pre-commercial thinning. Apply directly to USDA NRCS here.

Is My Land Eligible?
Location: This program is currently available to family forest owners in Oregon and Washington between Portland and Seattle (click on map to enlarge) in the following counties:

  • Oregon: Columbia, Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas Counties
  • Washington: King, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Kitsap, Clark, Cowlitz, and Grays Harbor Counties
Size: While there is no limit on parcel size for cost-share payments. Site visits and carbon inventories will be prioritized for lands with the following characteristics as they have the greatest opportunity to benefit from carbon market enrollment:
  • Parcels 70 acres or larger
  • Parcels that are well stocked with maturing (+30 year trees) and mature trees
  • Parcels that have an existing forest management plan consistent with the standards of any of the following: USDA NRCS 106-Conservation Activity Plan; Oregon Department of Forestry; Washington Department of Natural Resources; USDA Forest Service, Forest Stewardship Program; American Tree Farm System; Forest Stewardship Council).

How to Get Started
To access a free initial carbon credit assessment and to inquire about receiving a forest carbon inventory please contact the Pinchot Institute at FHHHI@pinchot.org or call 503-420-3600. You can also fill out this brief form and a member of our team will contact you.

Learn more about this project by reading a recent workshop summary.

To access funding for a new forest management plan OR certain forestry practices, contact your local NRCS Conservation District and sign up by one of the following deadlines:

May 19, 2017
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