A recently announced five-year environmental project could promote the health of 21,000 acres of forests in northwest Oregon and western Washington — provided landowners get involved.
The project, called “Unlocking Carbon Markets for Non-Industrial Private Forestland Owners in the Pacific Northwest,” was made possible through the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
It began last year and will continue through the end of 2018.
Spurred on by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Pinchot Institute, owners of small family forests are being offered financial incentives to hire consultants to prepare forest management plans that will outline pre-commercial thinning, treatments, native shrub planting, and other conservation practices to bolster the health and vigor of their trees, while also providing options for a regional carbon crediting program. read more >>