Increase the health, resiliency and long-term value of your land.

Trees sequester and store carbon as they grow. The longer they grow, the more carbon they take out of the atmosphere. Forests are also vulnerable to the effects of our already changing climate. Having a diverse forest of different age trees, including more mature trees, helps create a forest that is more resilient long-term, protecting this important carbon sink and providing other critical benefits such as habitat and clean water.

Eligible Counties

  • All counties in Vermont
  • Berkshire County (MA)
  • Columbia County (NY)
  • Dutchess County (NY)
  • Franklin County (MA)
  • Hampden County (MA)
  • Hampshire County (MA)
  • Rensselaer County (NY)
  • Washington County (NY)
  • Worcester County (MA)

Forest Management Practices

The Family Forest Carbon Program is offering two 20-year contract options in the Northeast depending on your goals for your land.

Enhance Your Woodland
This practice will grow a more robust forest through sustainable management and harvesting over the next 20 years. Specifically in this contract, you will:

  • Allow your existing forest to continue to grow.
  • Have the option to conduct a thinning or gap harvest to increase overall stand quality and diversity.
  • Be permitted to cut firewood for personal use.

Learn more about the Enhance Your Woodland practice.

Grow Older Forests
This practice will grow an older forest by increasing the time between harvests over the next 20 years. Specifically in this contract, you will:

  • Allow your existing forest to continue to grow.
  • Be permitted to cut firewood for personal use.

Learn more about the Grow Older Forests practice.

Practices were selected through consultation of a team of regional forestry, wildlife and climate experts in line with the Healthy Forests for Our Future guidelines.

Benefits of Enrolling

Access to a professional forester who provides expert guidance.

A forest management plan customized for your unique goals.

Payments to help you reach your goals.

Guidance to improve the health of your woods, create habitat for wildlife and treat invasive species.

An investment in the long-term value and legacy of your land.

An opportunity to make a positive impact on our planet.

Is This Program Right for You?

To be eligible for these practices, you should:

  • Have forested property in Vermont, Eastern New York (Columbia, Dutchess, Rensselaer and Washington counties) and Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties).
  • Own 30 or more acres of non-planted, naturally regenerating trees on your property.
  • Have the legal right to harvest on your land.
  • Be able to commit to a 20-year agreement.

The Family Forest Carbon Program is continuing to expand into new regions. If you would like to know when we open enrollment in your area, please join our mailing list.

Consulting Foresters

If you already work with a forester who knows your forest and your goals, that is great news. Ask them to contact us to be added as a consulting forester for the Family Forest Carbon Program.

The Family Forest Carbon Program is continuing to expand into new regions in the Northeast and beyond. If you would like to stay informed, sign up to join our mailing list.

Ready to get started? Enroll your land today online or give our team a call at (844) 790-0045.

Eligible Counties

  • All counties in Vermont
  • Berkshire County (MA)
  • Columbia County (NY)
  • Dutchess County (NY)
  • Franklin County (MA)
  • Hampden County (MA)
  • Hampshire County (MA)
  • Rensselaer County (NY)
  • Washington County (NY)
  • Worcester County (MA)