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Powered by Microsoft’s AI for Earth, the Basemap forest map serves as the foundation of the Natural Capital Exchange (NCX). Our dataset provides acre-by-acre intelligence on the diameter and species of trees across the continental United States. By combining Basemap United States forest map data with economics, timber-harvest pricing, and regional information, NCX determines carbon prices that incentivize forest management change.

United States of America

Ensuring Accuracy

Using the Basemap forest map, NCX delivers precise assessments of the timber and carbon potential of every acre in the United States. NCX data scientists update Basemap every quarter, ensuring accountability and increasing accuracy. Our ongoing collaboration with academics, landowners, foresters, and NGOs helps grow the ever-evolving United States forest map dataset.

Southern United States of America

Every Acre is Unique

Tree age and species can vary significantly from acre to acre—and so does the quality of wildlife habitat. The Basemap forest map uses remote-sensing data, field measurements, and statistical modeling to assess forest composition and structure down to the 30m x 30m level. This level of detail allows NCX to report on habitat quality and suitability metrics for individual species or groups of species—beginning with endangered species, vulnerable species, and game species in the US South.

Mississippi, United States of America

Partners in Stewardship

Landowners across America rely on Basemap for precise assessments of the market value of their forests. When a landowner in Carroll County, Mississippi, for example, has measurements of every tree 1” or more in diameter on their property, they have a deeper understanding of their land. A decade of working alongside landowners and foresters allowed us to build Basemap. Now we return that knowledge via Basemap assessments and NCX, to help landowners and foresters steward the land and realize its value beyond timber.

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