Category Archives: General

Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

State lands open for carbon crediting, but how good are those credits?

By Jesse Klein
Green Biz
May 2, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy, General
Region: United States

Last year, the global carbon offset market hit a record $851 billion, according to analysts at Refinitiv. But in the U.S., there are millions of acres that haven’t been available for carbon projects — located on federal and state land. Indeed, there are currently only two carbon projects generating carbon credits on state land; there are none on federal land.  In Michigan, the Big Wild Forest Carbon Project, started in spring 2021, became the first state land generating credits. Those have been promised to the Detroit-based energy company DTE. The pilot program by project developer Bluesource is on 100,000 acres of land in Pigeon River Country State Forest. It is generating the credits by switching the parcel to sustainable forest management techniques. According to the developer, that new plan harvests 35 percent less timber than the baseline management plan would have allowed over the next 40 years.

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State lands open for carbon crediting, but how good are those credits?

By Jesse Klein
Green Biz
May 2, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy, General
Region: United States

Last year, the global carbon offset market hit a record $851 billion, according to analysts at Refinitiv. But in the U.S., there are millions of acres that haven’t been available for carbon projects — located on federal and state land. Indeed, there are currently only two carbon projects generating carbon credits on state land; there are none on federal land.  In Michigan, the Big Wild Forest Carbon Project, started in spring 2021, became the first state land generating credits. Those have been promised to the Detroit-based energy company DTE. The pilot program by project developer Bluesource is on 100,000 acres of land in Pigeon River Country State Forest. It is generating the credits by switching the parcel to sustainable forest management techniques. According to the developer, that new plan harvests 35 percent less timber than the baseline management plan would have allowed over the next 40 years.

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Nations compromise on coal to strike UN climate agreement

November 15, 2021
Category: General

Almost 200 nations, including Canada and the United States, signed on to a last-minute climate deal at COP26. Perspectives on the agreement include: what Canada agree to do; the European Council’s view on the new EU forest strategy; and Oxfam on the challenge with fixing the climate with trees. Meanwhile: railway competitors take issue with CP/KCS merger plan; Quebec fences in another caribou herd; and US to spend billion on wildfire prevention. 

In response to BC’s old growth deferrals: forest workers plan a Stand up for Forestry rally; the Wilderness Committee calls for war-time transition investments; the Fairy Creek protesters vow to stay in the woods; and the RCMP on note some unexpected safety risks

Finally, a note from our readers on the North American lumber comrodery at NAWLA.

Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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