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:
- USDA Aerial Maps or other Aerial including the legal land description of the tract (Township, range, etc.)
- A forest management or stewardship plan (documents for the Tree Farm System or Conservation Reserve Program contracts are sufficient),
- 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.
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
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.
8 Ways To Improve Your Lawn Or Garden
Do you want to save water for your garden or lawn?
In your garden and lawn, there are many tests and proven methods to save water, and they can be much easier than you suppose.
Do not care if water is lacking.
Your garden is designed to provide you with peace of mind and pleasure, and using these 8 water-saving tips can help relieve drought stress.
- Picking crops that use less water and are used to develop in the setting may be the best way to preserve water.
- As you believe, less water can be used by bigger crops. The selection of lower crops will therefore reduce the water used in your garden.
The next step is for you if you already have an established garden!
- Use Mulch Using mulch is a must in your garden beds to preserve water.
A dense mulch layer prevents evaporation, keeps the soil cool, and maintains much more moisture than the bare soil.
There’s a lot of mulch types to choose from. Also, creating a watering schedule in your lawn or garden is an excellent way to keep your lawn and garden water.
Early in the morning is the best watering time. Watering will stop early morning water evaporation and thermal loss.
You can install an irrigation system and a water timer if you’re not an early riser. Water timers are a great way for your crops to use the right amount of water. No need to complicate an irrigation system, in most lawns and gardens an easy garden house and sprinkler can operate.
- In addition to being an excellent source of water for the garden, in emergency situations, collected rainwater can also serve as a source of water.
- Select the correct plant. Be sure to choose the correct plant if you’re potting crops.
Choose a plant that provides a growing space for the plant, but is not too large. The larger the plant, the more it will need water.
Discourage metal pots as well because they can heat up faster, which can accelerate the evaporation.
- If you still have confidence in your weather channel, check the forecast before watering. You can save your water for another day if it rains later in the day.
- Remove Weeds Always Not only do weeds take water from your garden or lawn crops that you really want to grow.
- Using Stones Stones to save water in your garden is nice. They also stay warmer than the surrounding setting and for at least a while they can cool your gardens.
There are several ways in which stones can be used to maintain water.
You can create a path in stone or dig along the bed in the garden. When it rains, this will catch runoff, or you will water it and store it underground.
Not only do rocks and stone sculptures look wonderful, they retain and retain humidity well.
Finally, an excellent mulch can be produced by rocks, and it will last many years.
A garden’s aim is to make you feel happy, not difficulty.
Water conservation is the effort of the community.