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Saving Forests and Storing Carbon

The Acadian Forest type spans all three Maritime provinces and is one of the most diverse and endangered forests in Canada. It contains 26 species of trees, 226 bird species and is home to a diversity of mammals including moose, black bear, red fox, and lynx. It also has a historically very low risk of fire - making it on of the best forest types in Canada to store carbon.

The pressures on the Acadian Forest are greater today than ever before. Every year in New Brunswick alone approximately 98,800 acres of private forest is clearcut – the practice of cutting down all the trees in an area at once. With an aging population and a depressed rural economy, many landowners are left with few options other than clearcutting their forest for income. Out-migration of young people is also creating a significant shortfall in the next generation willing to sustainably steward this land into the future. The lack of opportunity and a growing land succession gap is currently being replaced by very extractive operators; nearly 95% of all forestland sold is clearcut within 5 years of purchase. 

 

Our Approach

Forests Intl.’s work makes the biggest climate impacts by saving old forests and thereby avoiding the emissions that would be released if they were destroyed. These conserved forests then act as deepening carbon sinks. To date, Forests Intl. has helped 7 companies build custom carbon offset projects to store their carbon emissions. In so doing, over 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide have been kept out of the atmosphere and 705 acres of forest have been protected.

Protect

Save healthy, endangered
forests through carbon
sequestration

Restore

Restore heavily degraded
forest-land with a diverse mix of
native tree species

Manage

Practice sustainable forest
management to grow the
rural economy

Breaking the Clearcut Cycle

The clearcutting that we see today on private lands throughout the Maritimes is often the result of socio-economic pressures. Aging individuals who invested in land decades ago now need some revenue from their woodlots to retire. These landowners are faced with two bad choices: clearcut their forests or sell them to someone who will. That’s where we come in. Together with responsible companies, Forests Intl. saves old forests from clearcutting, keeping carbon out of the atmosphere and limiting climate change.


World Class & Legally Binding Offsets

Forests Intl. follows strict procedures for measuring, quantifying and monitoring the amount of carbon stored in each of our forests. By building off the work of reputable global bodies like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change we ensure that the carbon emissions our partners store is verifiable and durable. We certify our forest management practices to the highest of ecological standards in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). And to ensure the long-term legal protection of our forests and the carbon they store, we back everything up with a legally-binding Conservation Easement. These easements restrict the ability to clearcut, develop or subdivide the forests - forever. 

 

Our Partners

partners

Case Study

case study

DIALOG: IMPACT THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

DIALOG’s decision to become carbon neutral resulted in the preservation of more than 705 acres of endangered forest in 2011. The Toronto-based architecture studio now looks to expand its legacy by offsetting its 2017-2020 emissions, conserving an additional 400 acres of rich Acadian Forest. By offsetting their emissions with Community Forests International, DIALOG has demonstrated how the private sector can take leadership in the fight against climate change.