Seeing the Forest for the Carbon

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“Seeing the Forest for the Carbon” was published in Virginia Wildlife Magazine, March/April 2018. It won a prize in the 2019  Virginia Outdoor Writers Assn. Excellence in Craft Contest. 

“Old growth is critical for biodiversity from amphibians and aquatic organisms, to entire suites of terrestrial species.”

– J.D. Kleopfer

“Like most small woodland owners, according to the National Woodland Owners Survey, I love the scenic beauty and the wildlife of my forested acreage. And like most woodland owners, I’d love to earn income from my forest without disrupting either of those values. As cap and trade programs proliferate to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse gas, new opportunities could emerge for landowners to do exactly that.”