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Through NCX, climate committed companies and citizens are incentivizing landowners to grow their forests longer. Together, they are storing more carbon and increasing biodiversity for a healthier planet.
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We’ll help you find local options for carbon credits in the quantities you need. Our neighbor-to-neighbor climate solution enables you to create impact in your region by supporting family forest owners, improving wildlife habitat, and strengthening treasured forests.
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New York | 444 acres
“More than half of New York’s 19 million acres of forest are owned by private landowners, who individually own small woodlots. Carbon buyers are helping these small landowners participate in carbon markets. The income my wife and I receive from NCX forest carbon credits enables us to maintain the health of our 150 acres of timber, instead of harvesting it.”
Dave and his wife own a dairy farm in the middle of New York state, in which 150 acres are wooded land. They have worked with the New York State Forest Owners Association and Cornell University to develop land management practices to improve the health of their forest.
The land has previously been harvested for timber but Dave and his wife are working hard to find income alternatives so they don’t have to use their trees as a bank account. By re-enrolling in NCX, they can pay for the upkeep of their land and appreciate eliminating timber harvest as an income option due to the NCX contract.
Pennsylvania | 133 acres
“I would like to say thank you to carbon buyers for providing an alternative source of income, so I don’t need to liquidate my trees to pay for the upkeep of my property. There is always pressure to cut down your trees, and now, through NCX and its buyers, the pressure is reduced by providing some income to let my trees continue to grow.”
Gary owns a 133 acre property in Pennsylvania next to the hillside where he grew up. In the late 1940s, the local mining industry switched from deep to strip mining. The area around his family’s home was completely cleared, and draglines began popping up all over the landscape. His parents eventually sold the property, but when the land next door came up for sale years later, Gary purchased it.
Since owning the land, Gary has managed it with the quality of the forest as his primary goal and motivation. He completed salvage projects on areas impacted by the emerald ash borer, along with conducting timber stand improvement (TSI) on tracks with red oak and sugar maple. With great management comes great value. Gary harvests maple syrup and firewood and creates biochar used as mulch from the forest. He built his home with the lumber from his land.
As a career forester, Gary has always explored ways landowners can better manage their land. He believes that the ecological services of forests go way beyond timber, however, there hasn’t been a means to measure and pay for those values. He knew there were programs that would pay forest owners to sequester carbon, but they were for the “big players” and prevented small landowners from participating. Then he discovered NCX and was attracted to the one-year contract terms, no requirement for a land management plan, and the remote sensing technology. Very few landowners in Pennsylvania have land management plans, so NCX is a forest carbon program he can recommend to friends and clients and they can still participate.
South Carolina + Georgia | 2,230 acres
“NCX empowers landowners, without regard to the acreage they own, to participate in carbon markets. The annual contract is the key — replacing what many previously avoided as a lifetime commitment.”
Marty is a third generation tree farmer and a molecular biologist. He has worked in the agricultural industry for over 30 years and maintains a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and forestry.
He says the biggest benefit that NCX brings to smaller landowners is the annual contract – opening the opportunity to participate in carbon markets while giving them choice and flexibility.
Neotropical Migrating Songbirds
- Acres of healthy habitat: 215,000 acres
Keeping more forest on the landscape is critical for many wildlife species, including migrating songbirds like the Kentucky warbler. Harvest deferral programs such as NCX help ensure they have the forests they need to forage and rest as they traverse the continent, heading to their nesting grounds.
Every spring, millions of migrating songbirds cross the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight, heading for nesting grounds in the northern hemisphere. Many of these species, like the Kentucky warbler, are dependent on contiguous, undisturbed forests to make their homes.
Additionally, these migrants depend on forests along the flyways they utilize to forage and rest during the day before resuming their nocturnal migration. Enrolling your property in a harvest deferral program with NCX ensures that more critical forests remain on the landscape, helping migrants like the Kentucky warbler reach their summer homes every year.
- Acres of NCX enrolled forest: 4.6 million acres
Forests are more than trees. They help protect clean water supplies and also provide space for nature connection and recreation. Different types of forests provide different values in terms of ecosystem and other services.
By enrolling landowners all across the landscape, NCX helps maintain an array of different types of forests, including forest types that support exceptional biodiversity and unique natural areas.
- Dollars paid to landowners: $2.5 million
The rising popularity of voluntary carbon markets has led to growing recognition of carbon offsets as a source income for forest landowners. The growth of this industry also presents new opportunities for consulting foresters and other stakeholders who can help clients access new revenue streams beyond cutting timber.
The Natural Capital Exchange directly connects net-zero leading companies with landowners, ensuring the cash paid for carbon offsets reaches the communities in which people live.
Local Impact Stories
Tennessee landowner John Ross and his family turned to their long-time consulting forester for help balancing their varied land management goals on property that has been in the family since 1881.Watch Now
In 2019, NCX partnered with Microsoft to run a pilot program in Pennsylvania to demonstrate that bringing many small landowners together with the support of carbon buyers can have a big climate impact.View Story
NCX participants, customers, and partners joined for an immersive experience touring several forests in East Texas that are enrolled in the Natural Capital Exchange.Learn More