The Family Forest Carbon Program takes a highly credible and transparent approach to the way we calculate our carbon benefit—ensuring meaningful and measurable impact.

Pioneering a New Model

Carbon markets are an important tool in addressing climate change, and program developers must work to improve their impact.

Enter the Family Forest Carbon Program.

We have developed a new forest carbon accounting methodology to measure and verify the carbon sequestered and stored by the landowners in our program. It brings the latest science together with innovative business models to provide a more accurate measurement of the carbon benefit.

Unlike other carbon credit methodologies, ours does not use a projected baseline. Rather, it uses a dynamic baseline. This means that our methodology compares the carbon sequestered on land enrolled in the Family Forest Carbon Program to highly comparable forests that are not enrolled in the program—in real time. By measuring the difference between the forests, our methodology can pinpoint the Family Forest Carbon Program as the variable that contributed to the carbon benefit—providing increased accuracy and transparency.

This new methodology is approved by Verra, the globally recognized nonprofit organization that oversees the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

Breaking Down the Terminology


Additionality has occurred if the carbon generated from a forest carbon project resulted from the specific intervention. A project has additionality only if the carbon sequestration and storage would not have occurred absent the project.

Learn more about additionality.


The baseline is the starting point for calculating how much additional carbon is sequestered and stored as a result of a particular carbon project. The Family Forest Carbon Program uses a dynamic baseline rather than the common projected baseline.

Learn more about baselines.


Permanence ensures emissions are kept out of the atmosphere for at least 100 years. This is a critical attribute of a true carbon benefit. Emissions that are removed or reduced need to be permanently removed or reduced in order to meaningfully reduce CO2e in our atmosphere.

Learn more about permanence.

Our Impact

With every acre enrolled, we are able to sequester more carbon, support more landowners and communities, and grow our climate impact.