- Providing opportunities for the U.S. Forest Service and others to learn and track how forest store carbon.
- Engaging Americans and American businesses in efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change and learn about additional measures they can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
- Accruing the myriad positive benefits of reforestation on America's public lands through voluntary carbon market financing.
Custer National Forest – Montana
San Bernardino National Forest – CaliforniaThe San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California offers respite from the heat and the hordes and includes the spectacular San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains. In September 2007, the Butler 2 fire raced through parts of the San Bernardino National Forest, forcing thousands of residents living in and near the forest to evacuate. The fire was severe and killed nearly all the trees in its path. In 2009, the NFF and the Forest Service planted a mix of Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir on the forest. Benefits beyond carbon include improved habitat for bald eagles, willow flycatchers, numerous sensitive amphibian species, and improved water quality for the San Jacinto Basin.
Plumas National Forest – California
From rolling foothills, to thickly timbered mountain flanks, to rocky granite peaks, the Plumas
National Forest is a northern California gem. The 65,000-acre Moonlight Fire, which ignited on
private timber land adjoining the Plumas, resulted in severe deforestation. The NFF’s
Carbon Capital Fund provided an opportunity to reforest almost 650 acres of the Plumas through
a partnership between the NFF and the Ruby Pipeline, LLC, a subsidiary of the El Paso
Corporation. Because the fire was so severe and nearly cleared the entire planting area, the
Forest Service was able to plant an unprecedented four to seven species on each acre –
something never accomplished on such a large planting before.
Angeles National Forest – California
Just north of the Los Angeles’ concrete jungle lies a wild expanse of chaparral, mixed conifer trees, and soaring peaks. The Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains form a dramatic backdrop to L.A.’s high rises and neighborhoods. Tragically, in 2009, the arson-caused Station Fire burned more than 160,000 acres of the Angeles. While the Angeles is 70 percent chaparral, a critically important 20 percent of the landscape is mixed-conifer forest, interspersed with oak trees. Through a partnership with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the NFF and the Forest Service were able to reforest approximately 2,800 acres of those mixed-conifer forests with nearly 500,000 native trees. This represents the largest single Carbon Demonstration Project to date and will sequester a predicted 280,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
San Juan National Forest – Colorado
Arguably one of the most beautiful National Forests in the country, the San Juan is located in southwestern Colorado. The jagged and high-elevation San Juan Mountains form the backdrop to the 250-acre Carbon Demonstration Project on the San Juan in an area severely burned by the 2003 Bear Creek Fire. This project marks a new step for the NFF. Previous projects have undergone a verification process, including an independent, third-party desk review, and survival verification at year five, but this project is being registered on the American Carbon Registry. The registration process is a detailed and rigorous examination of the project that includes additional third-party review and guarantees that the project meets the highest standards demanded by today’s carbon markets. Project partner, Chevrolet Motor Company required that the project be registered, and the NFF is pleased to have an opportunity to prove that our Carbon Demonstration Projects meet such rigorous standards.