Carbon Sequestration: How does it work?
Fields and Forests will naturally
consume atmospheric carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Some
of that carbon is eventually stored in a stable “carbon pool”
such as soil or plant tissue, i.e. wood. The increase of
carbon in a pool over one year, sometimes referred to as net
positive flux, can be measured and represents the net annual
carbon stock produced.
Once a project is registered with the CCX
and a carbon offset contract is in place, sequestration is
quantified each year. Carbon credits are banked together by a
CCX approved aggregator and trader and submitted to the CCX.
The credits are registered and then traded. Landowners receive
their payment bi-annually after transaction fees are discounted.
The CCX also holds 20% of each year’s credits in escrow which
the landowner can sell at the end of the contract period. The
reserve is held in the event of carbon being released into the
atmosphere (natural disasters...)
and for contract compliance.
Carbon Offset Projects: Who’s eligible?
There are rules and guidelines to producing
and marketing carbon stocks or credits depending on which
registry or trading platform the project is enrolled in. The
CCX is North America’s only greenhouse gas emission registry, reduction and trading system for
six greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide,
methane, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur
hexafluoride). The CCX is a self-regulatory, rules-based
exchange in which its participating members make voluntary and
legally binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gases.
The CCX currently accepts a range of
offset projects including:
Grasslands seeded since 1999 (e.g. CRP plantings)
Trees planted or naturally regenerated
(both rural and urban forests) since 1990
Use this table to determine what your carbon
stock is worth from planting trees (TABLE)
Sustainable Forest Management
(Click on each project type
to complete an enrollment form. After we review your enrollment
form, we will contact you regarding its eligibility status and
discuss contract options. This enrollment form is not a
Carbon payments do not disqualify producers
from any government payment programs, e.g. CRP, EQIP, WHIP, etc.
How can Clearwater Forest Consultants
Clearwater Forest Consultants, LLC is NOT a
CCX approved aggregator or verifier. We are a forestry consulting firm that
specializes in the management and marketing of forest and
natural resources. We help landowners analyze and review the technical and financial
aspects of their carbon assets, and connect them with
organizations that can market those assets.
Please contact us to see what
your carbon stock potential really is.