America’s family-owned forests are vital in combating climate change—and we’ve only just begun to unlock their potential.
Forests cover more than 750 million acres of land in the United States. They are our nation’s largest terrestrial carbon sink, continuously taking carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it in the trees. Family forest owners, who own 39% of forests in the United States, are a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to growing this natural carbon sink.
Despite their valuable experience, family forest owners are currently locked out of carbon markets and are often unable to realize the true potential of their land. The majority of family forest owners struggle with technical expertise and high costs when it comes to optimizing their land for carbon sequestration.
Enter the Family Forest Carbon Program.
Developed by the American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, the Family Forest Carbon Program enables family forest owners to access carbon markets, empowering them to help address climate change while earning income from their land.
The program partners with family and individual landowners to manage their forests in ways that improve forest health and increase carbon sequestration and storage, while balancing other important benefits from our forests. We then sell the sequestered carbon as verified carbon credits to companies who are working to confront climate change and achieve vital social, economic and environmental outcomes.
With every acre enrolled, we are able to sequester more carbon, support more landowners and communities, and grow our climate impact.
How It Works
The Family Forest Carbon Program is an all-around resource for landowners. We provide expert forest management consultations, forest management plans uniquely designed for each landowner’s property and goals, and payment to landowners to implement new practices.
Map Your Property
Map your property with our online tool to check your eligibility for the program and discover the practices best suited for your land.
Our team will follow up to confirm your eligibility, tell you more about the program, and, in some cases, set up a visit with a forester who will walk your land with you to gather additional details.
Enroll in the Program
Supporting you every step of the way, we’ll send you the payment rate for your property and an agreement to sign to enroll in the program.
We’re taking a revolutionary step forward to advance the integrity of carbon credits and ensure a valid impact against climate change and for the planet.
Our innovative methodology, developed under Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard, isolates the Family Forest Carbon Program as the single variable that contributes to the carbon sequestered, ensuring a true carbon benefit. Our method also eliminates the need for landowners to conduct costly forest carbon inventories at the start of their contracts.
In partnering with us, companies can achieve their sustainability goals, support American communities and forest health, and confront climate change. Our goal is to catalyze the enrollment of 20% of U.S. family-owned forest acres in climate-friendly practices, which would generate roughly 50 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents every year.
Empowering America’s Family Forest Owners
The Family Forest Carbon Program gives family forest owners the tools and resources they need to improve the health and value of their forests, while confronting climate change.