Why choose us?
Invest in the people, prosperity and environment of Central Appalachia while offsetting your carbon impact. Appalachian Forest Offset purchases improve the economic lives of forest owners, strengthen their communities socially and economically, and allow them to enhance ecosystems they care for. Choosing Appalachian Forest Offsets will make a bigger impact than buying offsets from a company outside the region that generates offsets in another part of the country or world.
Central Appalachia is recognized world‐wide for its biodiversity. This region is particularly important in the climate change debate. Energy produced here is carbon‐intensive and destroys habitat when surfaces and mountain tops are mined. We lose more than 130 acres of forestland everyday to conversion for coal mines, development and other non‐forest uses. Over‐extraction of subsurface resources, poor logging practices, development and mismanagement have led to some of the highest concentrations of threatened and endangered species in the United States, as well as a decline in the overall health and viability of the forest. Investing in Appalachian Forest Offsets reverses this trend.
Forest offsets address the urgent need to protect and enhance our region’s resources through sustainable management. Nearly 90 percent of forestland in our region is privately owned, and less than five percent is under any sort of management plan. Through this program’s offsets, more than 18,000 acres of unmanaged forestland in Central Appalachia are now under certified sustainable management. With your help, sustainably managed acreage can increase to 50,000 acres within the next year. Choosing Appalachian Forest Offsets helps build an economy based on natural resource restoration instead of extraction.
Appalachian Forest Offsets serve a broader landowner base that is often ignored by other forest offset projects and standards. We generally work with owners of smaller parcels (500 acres or less) who comprise more than 70 percent of the forest ownerships within the eastern deciduous forest. Most offset registries overlook these parcels. Including small parcels is critical to climate protection and promoting good management for one of the nation’s most important natural resources.
There are many co‐benefits that result from investing in Appalachian Forest Offsets. Improving forests simultaneously increases biodiversity, water quality and wildlife habitat – benefits not directly available from waste elimination or renewable energy offsets.
- On our website, offsets are valued at $15 per metric ton—the price at which the EU and most proposed legislation values them. Appalachian Forest Offsets are 90% invested directly with the landowners managing ecosystems, in contrast to other offset providers who spend only a tenth of their revenue directly on projects.
- Not only does the value of your Appalachian forest offset investment create eight to 10 times more impact than other types of offsets, our carbon accounting system can account for precisely which farm and forest acreage was improved through each offset you purchase.
Appalachian Forest Offsets are real, credible and verifiable. We use the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) growth and yield model that was developed by the US Forest Service to calculate total woody biomass. FVS is approved by all offset protocols and our inventory methods meet or exceed the standards. Every year, Appalachian Forest Offsets are independently verified by a third-party auditor.
Our main goal is to promote sustainable forest management in a region that has been typically dominated by extractive industries. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, we work so that Appalachian communities are better places to live. We partner with local people to build upon the strengths of the region and assist businesses that grow local economies and create opportunities for low‐income people. (www.maced.org)