Dogwood Carbon

A LITTLE ABOUT DOGWOOD CARBON

Dogwood Carbon provides enhanced income opportunities for farmers and forest landowners for their storing of carbon in woodlots, grasslands and rangelands. Landowners can earn annual payments for this carbon storage through a variety of markets. Dogwood Carbon provides carbon credit market access to landowners of all sizes, with a specific focus and small and medium-sized farmers and forest landowners.

HOW CARBON TRADING WORKS

Landowners earn annual payments for storing carbon in their forests and soils via Dogwood Carbon’s linkages with a variety of private markets. When possible, Dogwood coordinates a sale directly to buyers for the maximum price. Dogwood Carbon also provides a linkage with the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) through its partner aggregator, Tatanka Resources. Founded in 2003, the CCX is a market-based mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Large-scale greenhouse gas producers (energy companies, paper mills, factories, etc.) voluntarily participate in the CCX as carbon credit buyers. These companies look to landowners, farmers and other carbon sequestering projects as carbon credit sellers to offset greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon credits are traded between buyers and sellers on the Chicago-based CCX much like soybeans and pork bellies are traded on the Mercantile Exchange. For more information, go to their website.

ENROLLING FOREST ACRES

At this time, eligible timber stands include trees that have been planted into former farmland or pastures since 1990 or reforested areas through natural regeneration. If trees are planted between 2002 and today, there is an enhanced market opportunity in the private market. Dogwood Carbon certifies that the forests are eligible through a three-step process:

  1. USDA Aerial Maps or other Aerial including the legal land description of the tract (Township, range, etc.)
  2. A forest management or stewardship plan (documents for the Tree Farm System or Conservation Reserve Program contracts are sufficient),
  3. Documentation of the number of trees planted (such as a receipt from a nursery, cooperating forest, or Cost share forms from state or federal government)

ENROLLING GRASSLAND ACRES:

At this time, eligible grasslands include acres that have been seeded since 1999. Dogwood Carbon certifies that the grasslands are eligible through a four-step process:

  • USDA Aerial maps
  • Farm Service Agency or Natural Resource Conservation Service documents to demonstrate enrollment in Conservation Reserve Program or other conservation programs
  • Proof of seeding (such as a receipt for seeding or cost share documentation)
  • A copy of USDA reporting form 578

Rates of carbon storage differ based on geographic region. The map below provides an outline of carbon storage. For county spacific storage rates please contact us.

ENROLLING RANGELAND

At this time, rangeland acres in a number of Western states are eligible for carbon payments. The map below provides an outline of eligible counties for more detail information about eligibility please contact us.

Dogwood Carbon certifies that the grasslands are eligible through a three-step process:

  • USDA Aerial maps
  • Farm Service Agency or Natural Resource Conservation Service grazing plan or similar grazing records
  • A copy of USDA reporting form 578

MANAGED FOREST

Dogwood Carbon is working through a variety of protocols to establish markets for sustainable forest management. We are building a pool now of landowners interested in converting from unmanaged or plantation forestry into Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable forestry.