Newly available forest carbon datasets allow conservation organizations to estimate the impact of land protection projects on carbon storage and sequestration. OSI developed this guide to help groups that protect and steward land determine how much carbon a forest stores today, and how much additional carbon could be sequestered by 2050. The step-by-step guidance walks through how to assess current and future carbon on a single property, or across an entire service area, using data that is freely available through The Nature Conservancy’s Resilient Land Mapping Tool.
To help stabilize the climate, we need to drastically reduce the carbon in the atmosphere by 2030 and reach “net-zero” by 2050. Protecting forestland keeps carbon stored in the trees, soil, and dead wood. A more detailed overview of how land protection can be an effective tool to maximize forest carbon storage and sequestration is available in this overview.