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Stories in Idaho

Planting a Healthy Future

More than 600 trees will be planted in Treasure Valley parks to create carbon credits.

More than 600 trees will be planted in 6 municipal parks in Boise, Meridian and Nampa as the first pilot project in a carbon credit program for the Treasure Valley.

The Treasure Valley City Forest Credits Program was developed as a key recommendation from the Treasure Valley Forest Carbon Assessment, a 2017 report by The Nature Conservancy in Idaho, Treasure Valley Tree Canopy Network and Ecosystem Sciences Foundation.

Planting trees can help reduce the Treasure Valley's urban heat, which is projected to increase in coming years.

The assessment helps us better understand how the current community forest mitigates regional carbon impacts and how future investments in tree planting, care and recycling can sustain more resilient natural resources and economies within our region.

The pilot project was accepted by the City Forest Credits Registry in October 2018. We are now soliciting a Sustainability Sponsor interested in purchasing over 1,300 City Forest Carbon+ credits at a value of $50,000.

Become a Sustainability Sponsor

How do carbon credits work?

Companies emit greenhouse gases (GHG) as part of doing business. They cap or limit the amount of GHG they emit either by law or voluntarily, to meet their sustainability standards. If the companies emit more GHG than allowed or desired, they can purchase carbon credits from other companies that are under-limit or from projects like the Treasure Valley City Forest Credits project.

Carbon Credits © The Nature Conservancy Magazine
Carbon Credit Cycle © The Nature Conservancy Magazine

Key Findings from the Treasure Valley Forest Carbon Assessment

  • Project partners planted over 8,200 trees since 2013.
  • After 25 years, these trees can store 15,200 metric tons of CO2. This is an amount equivalent to taking 5,400 Treasure Valley drivers off the roads for one year.
  • If these plantings had earned carbon credits, they would be worth between $304,200 and $532,400, which could have been used to support planting and maintenance costs.