How do you see the impact of something that didn’t happen? It is almost as difficult to see as it is to comprehend.
At NCX, our carbon credit buyers are paying landowners to not harvest their trees. Landowners are paid to not take an action. That is why our impact dashboard plays such an important role in the stories our buyers and landowners can tell.
Our latest impact dashboard is available for NCX participants to see the impact of their purchase visualized. Our dashboard highlights the climate impact from our Summer 2021 exchange cycle, including the impacted wildlife habitat of multiple species, and the backgrounds of landowners deferring a portion of their harvests this year.
Data from Basemap, our set of high-resolution estimates of forests across the US made from remotely sensed data and field measurements, allows us to see and measure the climate, wildlife, and community impact from NCX carbon credits. The available credits are made possible by the landowners who enrolled their land in our summer cycle, including over 500 families.
The Impact of Participation
The dashboard showcases a map of all of the land across the US enrolled in our summer exchange cycle. Map colors reveal the amount of carbon on the landscape, darker colors correlating with less carbon and lighter colors with more.
In total, this cycle covered an area of about 900,000 forested acres across 16 states. That is roughly the size of Rhode Island. This collective effort by landowners and carbon credit buyers resulted in over 500,000 MTCO₂e removed from the atmosphere for permanent climate impact. Participation from landowners increased by 5X compared to our inaugural cycle in spring.
The predicted Total Standing Volume, or the total carbon stored across the landscape, is displayed from July 2021 to June 2022 within the dashboard. Viewers can see how this value increases as forests continue to stand instead of being harvested.
The habitat quality of animal species is one of the features Basemap allows us to measure. We chose to highlight habitats of two new species, the Canada lynx and snowshoe hare, alongside the species we featured in our spring dashboard: white-tailed deer, red-cockaded woodpecker, and scarlet tanager. With Basemap, we can model a scale of habitat quality, identifying areas of high-quality habitat in addition to healthy regions determined to be of medium quality or better.
Historically, Canada lynx ranged across much of the northern United States. Today, populations are present in Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Washington, and Colorado. While trapping was responsible for the species’ historical decline, today climate change and habitat destruction represent its greatest threats. By protecting forestland within the lynx’s core range, NCX is helping to maintain and expand crucial habitat for this mysterious and beautiful animal.
Snowshoe hare are considered a “keystone species” because so many predators are dependent on them for their survival. Canada lynx are so dependent on snowshoe hare that populations cycle in tandem with that of their preferred prey. Since they are dependent on northwoods, snowshoe hare are vulnerable to climate change. NCX helps maintain and improve quality snowshoe hare habitat, helping to ensure this important species remains on the landscape and boreal food webs remain intact.
Our program would not be possible without the participation of landowners across the country. This cycle, we are highlighting one of our participating landowners from Alabama.
For over 20 years, this landowner and her family have operated a tree farm in Alabama. Their land serves not just as a form of income but as a great source of joy for the family. Some days she rides ATVs through the forest with her grandson. Other days, she gets her hands in the soil planting trees. By keeping their trees growing, the family has a more scenic and fulfilling place to enjoy their time together, and local wildlife has more access to food and shelter. This family has been interested in carbon credits and environmental protection for many years but never found a carbon program that worked for them until your support through NCX.
If you’re interested in the program, reach out to us today.