Landowners & Foresters

How To Sell Carbon Credits with NCX

A Carbon Program for
All Working Forests

Now enrolling landowners across the contiguous US.

When companies pay you to grow larger, more carbon-rich trees, everyone wins. NCX enables landowners to sell carbon credits by postponing timber harvests that would otherwise likely occur. This delay stores additional carbon on the landscape.

No acre minimums, one-year contracts, and no enrollment fee. Ever. Your forests have value well beyond timber. Join thousands of landowners at NCX and sell your forest carbon credits, bringing that value to market.

If you are a consulting forester, click here.

Enroll Easily.

Get Paid Annually.

You want to earn income from your trees, but you can’t commit to the burdensome terms of traditional forest carbon programs. We get it. We were foresters first. That’s why at NCX we offer the flexibility of year-to-year terms. With remote sensing technology, we give you the tools to better understand your woods. No onsite measurements needed. Getting started is easy. To learn more about the carbon potential of your property, get started with your free property assessment today.

Please note: To maintain the rigorous standards of high quality NCX credits that create additional carbon storage, landowners are only eligible if they have a harvest planned or would be willing to consider one on their property in the upcoming year.

  • Contract Length:
    1 Year
  • Fees to participate:
  • Acre Minimum:
Free Property Assessment

Impact To Date

Democratizing access to carbon markets by measuring every value, on every acre, for every landowner, every year.

  • 4.6M Acres
  • 3,823 Landowners and counting
  • 1.13M MTCO₂e expected climate impact

NCX for Landowners

The carbon market that works for everyone: families, consulting foresters, institutional landowners, and universities.

Free Property Assessment

4 Simple Steps

  • 01 Request Assessment

    Submit your property information for a no-cost, remote assessment via Basemap. No commitment required.

  • 02 Submit Offers

    Use your property assessment to confirm the number and price of carbon credits you are willing to sell to delay harvesting your timber. Submit your offer to NCX.

  • 03 Defer Harvesting

    When your offer is matched with a bid, reduce your harvesting according to the commitment you’ve made.

  • 04 Receive Payment

    At the end of the one-year agreement, following verification of your deferral commitment, NCX issues payment. You are then eligible to join the next enrollment cycle to sell carbon credits the next year.

Hear from landowners like you

What attracted me to NCX was that it was simple to sell carbon credits through the exchange. Other programs required long term contracts, whereas NCX required only a yearly contract. And everything— the process of working with the ladies and gentlemen at NCX was simple, a very easy 4-steps. And there was no cost to the landowner.”

Participating Landowners
  • Keith M.

    Mississippi | 133 acres in NCX

    “There have been opportunities over the past year to harvest timber on my land or on my clients’ lands but I didn’t do it because of the contracts with NCX. That indicates a change in the way I manage timber and it has caused a delay in harvests which otherwise would have happened.

    This means the NCX program has caused additional carbon sequestration to occur. If other forest managers have done the same thing across the landscape scale on which NCX is working, and I assume they have, well, that’s a lot of carbon.”

    When deciding whether to enroll in NCX, Keith and his family considered the economic impact  and Mother Nature. Previously, after each timber harvest, they considered what species of trees to plant and the potential return on those trees—but solely as timber. As a supplier for NCX, Keith now looks forward to the benefits of capturing carbon and, in time, harvesting more valuable timber.

  • Institutional Landowners

    USA | 865,000 TIMO-managed acres have participated to-date

    Today, TIMOs and REITs are being asked to consider ESG goals while balancing financial returns for their stakeholders. People trust them with their pensions and family savings and in turn, they have to have that same confidence in where they invest that money. Innovation in carbon markets offers the opportunity for institutional investors to meet ESG goals with minimal risk.

    Many investors have past experience with forest carbon programs. When considering participating in a new project they seek a reliable program where participants can have a meaningful climate impact while optimizing for financial returns. The NCX program makes partnering simple and offers the transparency that helps TIMOs and REITs better serve their investors.

  • Jason R., ACF

    Acorn Forestry | 61 landowner clients in TX with 64,000 acres in NCX

    “Our landowners are growing more environmentally conscious every day. NCX allows them to take a proactive approach to help the environment by storing carbon produced by processes that make life what it is today. The fact that virtually any size landowner can potentially sign up to sell carbon credits and the limited contract period are very attractive to both foresters and landowners.”

    For years, there were two revenue streams for Acorn Forestry landowners: timber harvesting and hunting leases. NCX now offers a third stream of revenue: natural carbon capture by aging trees. The landowners still harvest their timber: it’s simply deferred on a year-to-year basis. Jason looks forward to seeing the environmental impact of NCX and, with the rising demand for carbon credits, a growing stream of revenue for his clients.

Dig Deeper On NCX
  • What are the requirements to sell carbon credits via NCX?

    The NCX carbon market is accessible to all landowners with working forests in the contiguous United States. Whether you own 20 forested acres or two million, you can participate and make an immediate impact for the climate. NCX is expanding to new geographies and is developing new nature-based solutions to unlock the full value of your forested land. Request your free property assessment today or review eight reasons your land may not be a fit for the Natural Capital Exchange.

  • I like the four-step process. Can you provide more details on my obligations?

    Participating in NCX and generating carbon credits is completely free for landowners. Once the landowner has gone under contract, they are legally obligated to “deliver” the carbon credits (i.e. adjust their harvesting activity). Like any legal contract, there are penalties for non-compliance.

    The first stage will be determining how much of your planned harvest volume you’d be willing to defer, and at what price(s). These volumes and prices will determine your offer that is submitted to NCX. Offers will be matched to buyer bids weekly. If your offer is matched, you will then enter into a 1-year contract committing to defer that much harvest. At the end of the contract, the harvest activity on your land will be verified, and payments will be delivered to you.

  • How do you determine the size of a prospective harvest?

    NCX predictive algorithms determine the “business as usual” amount of harvesting on any tract of land, considering several variables like standing inventory, proximity to markets and transportation networks, prevailing market prices, and harvesting history on the tract. This business-as-usual harvesting estimate is shared with the landowner before they submit their offer.

  • I’m definitely interested. What do I do next to sell carbon credits?

    Create your free landowner account to get started!

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