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forest landowner pete mcneill receives over $24,000 in carbon offset payments through the appalachian carbon partnership


September 26, 2011


Berea, Ky — Kentucky forest landowner Pete McNeill received over $24,000 through his participation in the Appalachian Carbon Partnership, a project of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED). The payment for carbon storage resulted from McNeill’s long-term agreement to practice certified forest management.


“This sale of managed forest carbon offsets represents an investment in the future of sustainable forest management in Kentucky,” said Scott Shouse, MACED forestry program manager. “We hope that these types of ecosystem service payments will catch the attention of more forest landowners, and move new acres of Appalachian forestland into certified sustainable management.”


One carbon offset is equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide. Growing trees take in carbon dioxide as they grow. They store the carbon as new wood and release the oxygen back into the air. Landowners are compensated for the amount of additional carbon that is stored in their forest each year.


“Sustainable timber harvest coupled with carbon credit revenue can generate more economic return from your forest,” said Shouse, “Pete McNeill is a great example of a landowner managing his forest for optimum economic and environmental gain that will benefit the forest and community for years to come.”


Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in joining the Appalachian Carbon Partnership can visit www.appalachiancarbonpartnership.org to calculate emissions and purchase offsets directly online. For bulk purchases and special pricing, contact forestry@maced.org or call 859-986-2373.