Note: A listing on this page is not an endorsement of a particular program or company. We urge landowners and foresters to do regular due diligence in selecting a carbon program or market.
Forest landowners can get compensated in a number of ways for carbon they are storing and sequestering in their forests. These include formal carbon sale markets and practice-based compensation. The table below is a quick review of forest carbon market developers. Below the table are links and info on each developer.
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For small family forest owners, the following possible carbon markets are currently available:
From Core: Landowners with as little as 40 acres can now get paid for sustainable management practices. Until now, small landowners have been unable to participate in the carbon market. That is about to change. With our free digital platform, landowners will be able to receive payments for sustainable management that removes carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. By leveraging mapping technologies and our user-friendly online enrollment process, small landowners, families, and land trusts are now able to enroll all or a portion of their land holdings to receive carbon offset revenue.
Contact: email@example.com 1-445-465-2098
- Family Forest Carbon Program (TNC and AFF)
From FFCP: The Family Forest Carbon Program is a forest carbon program created in partnership between the American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy to help family landowners increase the health and value of their woods. We are a long-term resource for landowners who want to improve their land’s wildlife habitat and water quality while growing mature trees and increasing carbon storage in their landscape. What Landowners Get from FFCP:
- Expert consultations with forest professionals
- Management plans that are customized for your unique goals for your land
- Funding to help you reach your goals
Note: currently only available in Pennsylvania, West Virginia or Maryland. Soon to be expanded.
- Natural Capital Exchange (NCX)
From NCX: NCX connects corporations to the landowners, habitats, and communities they impact through our carbon marketplace. By drawing on our years of precision forest management, we enable net-zero pioneers to purchase carbon credits with immediate, verifiable impact and landowners to quantify the full value of their forests.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (844) 679-3706
From Forest Carbon Works: We support small landowners with technical consulting and development services for forest carbon offset projects.
Forest Carbon Works distills the complex processes required for developing a carbon project into a simple membership service, creating easy access for all landowners. Our team is at your side as you explore whether a carbon project will work on your land and prepare to get paid for your forest carbon.
Contact: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-399-5246
For larger landowners, the following entities are some of the major forest carbon market developers:
From Blue Source: A leader in North American carbon markets since 2001, Bluesource has developed and currently manages the continent’s largest carbon offset portfolio. Our environmental, forestry, marketing and transactional professionals represent North America’s largest team devoted to turnkey forest carbon project development–and we’ve been voted Environmental Finance’s Best Project Developer (North American Markets) for five consecutive years. Our industry-leading partners include both private and public landowners, nonprofits and corporations.
From Finite Carbon: Finite Carbon is North America’s leading developer and supplier of forest carbon offsets.
We value forest landowners as full project partners and deliver the industry’s highest quality forest offset project financing and development services. We take on all project issuance risk and expense and manage all development phases in-house. Only when a project is successfully registered do we receive a small share of project returns. We support and train our clients to ensure their carbon project fully integrates with their forest ownership goals and timber operations.
From Green Assets: Green Assets is Landowners Working with Landowners®. We work to bring environmental and economic value to our landowner clients through unique opportunities and markets. Our in-house team’s proven expertise in the development of forest carbon offset projects and other land management services, coupled with our passion for conservation, enables us to help landowners create a recurring revenue stream while preserving healthy, working forests. Carbon offsets can be sold in both compliance and voluntary markets, offering diversified opportunities and options for landowners. Green Assets assumes all up-front project development costs and customizes a strategy to support our clients’ specific goals. To date, Green Assets has a 100% success rate across our forest carbon offset project portfolio.
From Ostrom Climate: Ostrom Climate specializes in advisory, technology and impact project investment services that create value and enhance sustainable commodities and ecological assets while managing climate change risk and maximizing long-term investment in nature. Ostrom Climate is at the intersection of finance and natural assets, producing long term, sustainable returns. We provide our customers with a multidisciplinary approach to managing risk, enhancing asset performance and securing commercial returns while improving livelihoods and sustainability.
From Climate Trust: The Climate Trust is a non-profit formed in 1997 that manages carbon offset acquisition programs and projects for organizations seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. As a pioneer and nationally-recognized leader in the carbon market, The Climate Trust develops, manages and invests in US-based carbon offset projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With over 20 years of technical expertise and extensive market experience, The Climate Trust develops offset projects at their critical early stages, and manages the projects until sale of offset credits. An understanding of carbon markets and underlying risks includes robust due diligence, working with mission-aligned partners and active project management.
From EP Carbon: We support projects that conserve forests. EP Carbon leverages carbon markets to finance conservation projects throughout the world. We start with a feasibility and design assessment to determine the full cost of a project. For ideas with the most potential impact, we have dedicated funding to cover the assessment cost. The feasibility and design assessment not only accurately determines the cost of a project, but can also attract potential investors. Financing requirements to develop and implement the projects vary, depending on factors including the complexity of the activities. Development and implementation costs may range from US $50K to US $3M or more.
From Forest Carbon Partners: Forest Carbon Partners finances and develops forest carbon offset projects for the California Carbon Market. Forest Carbon Partners is an investment vehicle managed by New Forests. Through Forest Carbon Partners, New Forests works with family, industrial, and tribal landowners to create carbon offset projects that deliver real financial value – increasing and diversifying revenue for timberland owners. These investments deliver a reliable, high-volume supply of offsets to businesses regulated under the California cap-and-trade system.
From SIG Carbon: Improving the quality of forest management, and the employment of other natural climate solutions, are among the most impactful and cost-effective ways to meet emission reduction targets. SIG Carbon hand-selects projects to develop on the carbon offset market, focusing on those that will have a real and additional impact on climate change.
We connect our clients to revenue on the carbon offset market, in exchange for their long-term commitment to implement sustainable forest management practices. With SIG Carbon, landowners meet revenue objectives, while growing resilient, healthy forests that increase carbon storage.
We manage all aspects of forest carbon projects, from assessing the financial feasibility of a project, through project development, and credit sale. Our business philosophy is rooted in two core values: making cutting-edge science accessible and actionable, and providing complete financial transparency.
From Terra Carbon: TerraCarbon LLC ® is a leading advisory firm that helps develop and sell carbon offsets to fund nature-based climate solutions. We believe new models that place an economic value on nature are needed to address the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.We have helped our clients access carbon offset funding to restore, improve management, and protect 5 million+ acres of natural and working lands for 40+ projects around the world that have already reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 50 million+ tons.