The American Forest Foundation (AFF) and partners recently announced significant investments in the Family Forest Carbon Program that will open up carbon credit markets to small family forest owners.
“Providing access to ecosystem markets, including carbon markets, is an important strategy for keeping forests as forests and ensuring well-managed forests and the forest products they provide are valued for their climate mitigation benefits,” said Kathryn Fernholz, President/CEO of Dovetail Partners and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Forest Foundation.
AFF is excited to announce that Amazon has committed a $7.3 million investment to support the Family Forest Carbon Program, a program created in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the American Forest Foundation (AFF). Amazon's donation will be used to support the launch of the program in Pennsylvania and expand the program in the Appalachians and other U.S. regions.
This donation demonstrates the significant role family forests play as a climate mitigation solution. The Family Forest Carbon Program provides an avenue for family forest owners to generate income from their land and make tangible progress towards carbon sequestration.
“Across the U.S., 1 in 4 rural Americans owns forest land,” said Tom Martin, President and CEO of the American Forest Foundation. “Collectively, they own the largest portion of forests in our country – making them key to addressing our climate challenges. More than their size is their dedication to the land – these individuals want to help the environment. Amazon’s commitment will go a long way and open doors for nearly 11 million American families to do even more to remove carbon from the atmosphere.”