(July 22, 2022) - In the face of increasingly severe weather, communities across the country are turning to land protection as a tried-and-true strategy for climate mitigation and adaptation.
For more than a decade, OSI has been helping land trusts and other groups that protect and steward land develop effective approaches for conserving land in a rapidly changing climate. Working alongside a capital grants program that funds the acquisition of land to store carbon, OSI has supported the development of roughly 60 climate-aligned conservation plans across the east and offered workshops, webinars, and trainings to more than 6,000 participants.
Now, in partnership with the Land Trust Alliance (the Alliance), OSI through its Land and Climate Grant Program is expanding training opportunities for important conservation decision-makers.
To date, these workshops have helped the broadest set of land trusts, state land protection agencies, and nonprofits integrate forest carbon considerations into strategic conservation plans, project selection, and land management.
For example, this month OSI and the Alliance hosted 30 participants from 16 organizations — including attendees from non-profits, academia, and the public sector through a “Forest Carbon Information Exchange” workshop.
During the training, participants learned three strategies for increasing carbon benefits on their land protection projects. And, they learned how to use data that tells us where the most forest carbon is stored or sequestered to prioritize land protection across their service region.