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.

Project Development

Forest Carbon Partners works with landowners in the continental United States and Alaska to create carbon offset projects that deliver real financial value – increasing and diversifying revenue for timberland owners. New Forests’ forest carbon expertise and proprietary geospatial analysis supports development of carbon projects that support long-term production, conservation, and stewardship objectives.

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Carbon Offset Sales

Forest Carbon Partners delivers a reliable, high-volume supply of California Air Resources Board compliant offsets to businesses regulated under the California cap-and-trade system. Forest Carbon Partners has sold millions of forest carbon offsets into the California compliance marketCarbon Forestry investment program to date and has a robust pipeline of credits over the life of the fund.

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Project Portfolio

Forest Carbon Partners works with third-party landowners to develop high-quality, high-impact forest carbon offset projects. Our portfolio of projects spans the continental United States and Alaska, encompassing a variety of forest types and ecological values and benefiting a range of partners, including non-profits, Native American tribes and corporations, and family forest owners. Projects are developed under a rigorous carbon accounting protocol approved by the state of California, and all projects must pass third-party verification prior to issuance of carbon offsets. This protocol and verification process provides assurance to credit buyers and stakeholders alike that Forest Carbon Partners’ projects not only generate compliance-grade carbon offsets but also ensure protection of ecological values.

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Carbon Offset Sales

Forest Carbon Partners delivers a reliable, high-volume supply of ARB-compliant offsets to businesses regulated under the California cap-and-trade system. Investment funds managed by New Forests, including Forest Carbon Partners, have sold millions of forest carbon offsets into the California compliance market to date. New Forests currently manages a portfolio of projects in Forest Carbon Partners and our Carbon Forestry investment program that totals more than USD 100 million delivered and forecast California Compliance Offsets (CCOs).

Forest Carbon Partners can offer CCOs in small and large lots via forward contracts or spot contracts. We structure offset sales to meet a wide range of compliance needs, and we are experienced in rapidly and efficiently meeting the due diligence requirements of CCO purchasers.

In addition to our current projects, Forest Carbon Partners maintains a growing pipeline of hundreds of thousands of acres of timberland in various stages of origination and contracting. Many of our projects protect charismatic, high conservation value forests in California and other states, often owned by family forest owners and Native American tribes.

Our aggregated portfolio of projects reduces delivery risk and provides a single point of contact for offset purchase and sales contracting. Forest Carbon Partners offers a scalable, long-term, competitively priced source of ARB offset supply for California compliance buyers.

Climate Mitigation and Co-Benefits

Climate Impact

Forest Carbon Partners is among the largest issuers of forest carbon offsets under the California program. In aggregate, Forest Carbon Partners’ projects have sequestered millions of tons of carbon that might have otherwise been released in to the atmosphere. Forest carbon projects, like those developed by Forest Carbon Partners, are an important part of California’s effort to reduce net carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, thereby lessening the State’s contribution to global warming.

  • Through these projects, Forest Carbon Partners has already delivered greater than 5 million tonnes of climate abatement to the market, and its projects are expected to produce millions more additional offsets through 2021 and beyond.
  • Forests and the land sector are estimated to generate 20-60% of the potential emissions reductions toward global climate targets.

Conservation Impact

The Forest Carbon Partners program now includes more than 185,000 hectares (450,000 acres) of timberlands in the US owned and managed by third parties, with agreements to comply with forest carbon offset projects developed and managed by Forest Carbon Partners. Under the carbon agreements, all project areas are subject to long-term landowner obligations that protect the carbon stocks in the forest area – effectively perpetuating sustainable management regimes. In addition, some projects use conservation easements to guarantee permanent protection. While each carbon project offers unique ecological and conservation benefits, the following highlights demonstrate how carbon finance and partnerships can contribute to achieving significant conservation outcomes.

  • Forest Carbon Partners’ project with the Chugach Alaska Corporation, announced in early 2017, notably ensured the permanent protection of an ecologically diverse area of the Bering River Coal Field. New Forests retired the coal rights under a conservation agreement with The Nature Conservancy and The Native Conservancy, while agreeing to work with Chugach to develop carbon offsets from its timberlands. The Bering River Coal Field is situated on the eastern edge of Alaska’s Copper River Delta – the largest contiguous wetlands on the Pacific Coast of North America and one of the world’s most productive wild salmon fisheries.
  • Forest Carbon Partners also contributed to a successful conservation outcome on the Montesol Ranch, a diverse conifer and hardwood forest in Napa and Lake Counties, California owned by a family with a long history of conservation stewardship. The carbon project, coupled with a conservation easement, ensures protection for a top land conservation priority in Northern California, which was at risk for conversion to a large-scale vineyard. This property provides significant connectivity with public lands, serves as a critical corridor for migrating wildlife, and is an important headwater with over 80 springs.

Social Impact

Forest Carbon Partners projects deliver income and benefits to landowners and local communities, that support sustainable economic development. These projects align with each landowners’ strategic objectives and deliver a combination of social and environmental benefits, including through direct income to communities from carbon offset sales, to enabling re-acquisition of ancestral land, to providing new job opportunities in forest management and carbon project development activities.

  • For example, the Yurok Tribe decision to reacquire ancestral tribal lands and revitalise traditional livelihoods using revenue from their carbon project.
  • In the case of the Chugach Alaska Corporation project, Forest Carbon Partners worked to train tribal members to complete timber cruises and collect forest measurement data used in carbon quantification, providing meaning job creation and training in remote and rural areas.