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Forest Carbon Offsets

Not all carbon offsets are created equal. Our carbon offsets project not only drawdown vast amounts of carbon emissions, but they also preserve endangered forest ecosystems and have the potential to create new economic opportunities for rural communities.

For over a decade, Community Forests International has created natural climate solutions that preserve endangered forest ecosystems while creating regenerative economic opportunities for rural communities. One of our most successful innovations has been building forest carbon projects to conserve mature Wabanaki forests.

Since day one, we’ve known that in order for forests to thrive, so too must the people who live and work most closely with these special forests. By ensuring that family forest owners can benefit financially from the long-term protection and restoration of their forests, we can ensure these forests protect our shared climate and be enjoyed for generations to come.

Unique Carbon Solutions

A year ago, we were proud to announce the launch of the first forest carbon pilot project in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The pilot project, implemented by NCX in collaboration with Community Forests International, brought together over 60 private landowners who committed to sequester carbon by deferring timber harvests on their forestland. In total, this project encompassed over 65,000 forested acres in the Wabanaki forest.

Community-Led Carbon Markets

There are more than 80,000 family forests across the Maritimes, and protecting these family forests could make a globally significant contribution to climate change mitigation. Community Forests International is working to make the carbon market accessible to private woodlot owners in the region to share the financial benefits of forest protection with rural communities. 

We believe we can help bring a valuable source of income to landowners who treat their standing timber as a long-term investment, yet face intense pressure from the logging industry to clearcut, even if timber is before its prime. In addition to sequestering carbon on the landscape, carbon offsets and similar programmes have the potential to deliver climate finance and resilience for Maritime communities and beyond.

Partners for Good

We work in partnership with invested companies and organizations to create opportunities that store carbon, preserve forest ecosystems, and create regenerative economic opportunities for rural communities.

Beyond Carbon

How do you measure the true value of a forest? Enter Robinson Conservation Forest, a naturally diverse Wabanaki forest in the Wolastoq watershed in central New Brunswick, on the east coast of Turtle Island. This special forest and the people connected to it push us to see beyond the timber value of a forest—to see the forest beyond the trees. From carbon storage to flood mitigation to family connections and cultural traditions, forests like this are vital to the identity and well-being of our communities.

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Our Carbon Forests

Since creating the east coast’s first forest carbon project in 2012, we have been able to preserve over 1,260 acres of intact Wabanaki forest by partnering with businesses and organizations. Get to know some of our forest conservation areas!

Robena Weatherly stands in front of a pine tree in her forest.

Robinson Conservation Forest

This special 350-acre forest near Cambridge-Narrows is one of the last of its kind in New Brunswick. The Robinson family managed this beautiful forest for generations and carbon offsets have allowed us to preserve their legacy of careful stewardship for years to come. In 2021, we successfully expanded the protected forest area with an additional 140-acres of young forest that will be restored for long-term climate benefits.

Whaelghinbran Forest in fall colours from above.

Whaelghinbran Forest

Located near Fundy National Park, Whaelghinbran Forest belonged to farmers Clark Phillips and Susan Tyler. When they could no longer work the land and needed to sell their property to retire, the couple reached out to us and we were able to purchase the property from the sale of carbon offsets and protect their cherished forest lands.

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Waterford Forest

Waterford Forest is a 115-acre property in New Brunswick. The forest was donated to Community Forests International by Elizabeth Lucas, and it belonged to her family since 1855. The unique ecological features of the property include tolerant hardwood stands and an old spruce forest, as well as an impressive rock cliff face.

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Ferndale Forest

Ferndale Forest is 105-acres of hardwood forest located in the steep hills of Ferndale, in southern New Brunswick. The forest was purchased by Community Forests International from the previous family forest owners. This property is home to many sugar maples — plus one of the biggest balsam firs we’ve ever seen!

Walker Road Forest

Located along in our hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick, this 50-acre forest is full of beautiful hardwood stands and is part of a system of beloved cross-country and hiking trails. Community Forests International purchased this property in early 2021 for long-term community and climate benefits.