Would you like to receive an annual income from your woods while you are waiting for your trees to mature? Have you tried to look into Forest Carbon programs and found them confusing?
If so, you may want to take part in the Family Forest Carbon Live Q&A webinar the Massachusetts Tree Farm program and the Wiliamstown Rural Lands Foundation are hosting on January 10th.
To help woodland owners earn income from their land while helping fight climate change, the American Forest Foundation, which sponsors the American Tree Farm System, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have begun the Family Forest Carbon Program. This program partners with family forest landowners to manage their woodlands in ways that improve forest health and increase carbon sequestration and storage, while balancing other important benefits from our forests and earning income.
Under this program, which began enrolling landowners in western & central Massachusetts, Vermont and eastern New York in July, landowners can get technical assistance and annual payments if they commit to either doing climate-smart harvests to increase carbon storage, or delay harvests entirely for 20 years.
The Massachusetts Tree Farm Program and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation have arranged for interested landowners and Tree Farmers to be able to take part in a two-part online program on Tuesday, January 10th to find out how this program works and whether it might be something they would want to participate in.
The first part of the program, which can be viewed anytime before the 10th, is an online presentation that was taped last fall that explains how the program works. To view the online presentation, click here. You can also download a pdf copy of the online presentation here.
The second part of the program, which will be held live on Zoom at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 10th, is a Question & Answer Session for landowners with Patty Ruby from the Family Forest Carbon Program and Laura Marx, a Climate Solutions Scientist from TNC. They will answer questions about how the program works, which woodland owners are eligible to participate, how to enroll in the program, how consulting foresters and land trusts can work with the program, and how this program contrasts with other carbon market programs.
Here is the link for that January 10th Zoom meeting (registration not required):
Join Zoom Meeting: https://tnc.zoom.us/j/94764952758
Meeting ID: 947 6495 2758
If you prefer, you can join by phone at 301-715-8592 Meeting number: 94764952758
For more information about the Family Forest Carbon Program, visit their website at www.familyforestcarbon.org .