Working Woodlands

Program Basics

Forest Carbon 101

How much carbon does the tree outside your window store, and how does that compare to the carbon we emit when we travel or power our homes?


Working Woodlands is a model forest conservation program integrating private land protection, certified forest management, and ecosystem services markets for the restoration and management of high quality ecological and economic values to priority forest landscapes.

Our proposition to forest landowners is simple. By entering into a long-term non-development agreement and at no out-of-pocket cost to the landowner, Working Woodlands will provide:

  • A full forest and carbon inventory
  • A 10-year forest management plan
  • Enrollment in Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification
  • 100% of all FSC certified timber and wood biomass revenues
  • Access to high quality carbon markets and the majority share of forest carbon revenues

We cover the costs of providing these services by generating high quality carbon revenue for the landowner and sharing in this new revenue stream. Criteria for landowner enrollment in Working Woodlands include:

  • Size: 1,500 forested acres minimum
  • Location:
    • North Central Highlands: portions of Lycoming, Clinton, Tioga, Potter, McKean, Cameron, Elk, Clearfield and Centre Counties
    • Endless Mountains: portions of Lycoming, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and Luzerne Counties
    • Bald Eagle/Tuscarora: portions of Clinton, Lycoming, Centre, Union, Snyder, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, and Franklin Counties
    • Northeast PA: portions of Pike, Monroe, Carbon, and Luzerne Counties