Working Woodlands

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About Working Woodlands

Working Woodlands is a model forest conservation program that harnesses certified forest management and the growing carbon market to catalyze protection and improved management of private forests. Building on our extensive land conservation and sustainable forest management experience, The Nature Conservancy partners with carbon project developers and marketers to offer landowners technical assistance and new sources of revenue. The services provided include a full forest inventory and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) plan implementation, carbon monitoring, verification and marketing.

Landowners who qualify for Working Woodlands sign on for working forest conservation easements or long-term management agreements to prevent conversion to non-forest uses and unsustainable management practices. All forest products produced from enrolled Working Woodlands properties are FSC-certified and the landowner retains 100 percent of the revenue from timber sales.

The carbon sequestered as a result of improved forest management practices is aggregated and marketed, providing an additional revenue stream to the landowner. This approach allows landowners to receive full FSC forest planning and certification with no upfront costs while receiving long-term value from FSC certified product and carbon sales.


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