Winter 2022 Impact Dashboard: Highlighting the Coastal Marten
Riaz Jahangir
Riaz Jahangir
7 March, 2022 min read

The latest edition of our impact dashboard is now available for NCX landowners, customers, and others to view! The interactive dashboard highlights the climate impact from our Winter 2022 exchange cycle, including the impacted wildlife habitat of multiple species, and the backgrounds of landowners deferring a portion of their harvests this year.

Winter 2022 marked the first time our cycle was open to landowners in all of the contiguous United States. This expansion led to 15X participation from landowners this cycle compared to our first cycle in Spring 2021. 

Basemap, our set of high-resolution estimates of forests across the US made from remotely sensed data and field measurements make the impact dashboard possible. With this data, we can see and measure the climate, wildlife, and community impact from NCX carbon credits.

Our Winter 2022 cycle covered over 1.6 million acres across 39 states, an area greater than the size of Delaware. The collective climate impact of this cycle is at least 250,000 MTCO₂e, the equivalent of removing 54,000 cars from the road for one year. 

Highlighting the Coastal marten

New to the animals highlighted on the dashboard is the endangered coastal marten. Historically occurring throughout coastal forests in Northwestern California and Oregon, the coastal marten is a small carnivorous mammal in the weasel family. They were previously thought to be extinct until they were rediscovered in 1997. Coastal martens have lost as much as 95% of their historic range, due to a combination of habitat loss, predation, and poorly regulated fur trapping. 

There are about 500 coastal martens left in the wild today, dispersed across several critical habitat cores. While these cores are on public land, more than 80,000 acres (over 40%) of the “corridors” that connect these cores are on private land. Forest landowners in these crucial habitat connectors who defer a portion of their harvest with NCX help to maintain more forest cover, which helps sustain this species on the landscape for years to come. 

Coastal martens are dependent on mature forests, including redwood forests. We can map major forest types using our Basemap dataset, and intersect these layers with coastal marten habitat connectivity analyses to assess current and future program impact. Maintaining the ability of coastal martens to move from habitat core to habitat core is crucial for maintaining genetic diversity in the species, so the whole population can be sustained into the future. 

Preserving coastal marten habitat impacts more than just this one species. It also helps protect all of the other animals and plants that are dependent on old growth redwood forests. Protecting biodiversity is one important co-benefit of our carbon credits.

Orange outlines are core coastal marten habitat areas, defined by the US Fish and Wildlife Service 
Yellow outlines are the corridors that connect these critical habitat cores
The green, blue, and dark purple background indicates varying levels of forest carbon, as shown by the key 

Participating landowners 

This cycle had the participation of nearly 2,000 landowners from the east to west coasts. The states with the highest acreage were Mississippi, Alabama, Maine, and New York.

Of those 2,000, over 80% are family and individual landowners and over 70% are small landowners with less than 750 acres. The smallest accepted acreage from one landowner in the Winter Cycle was three acres and the largest was over 169,000 acres.

For this cycle, we chose to highlight John Ross, a participating landowner from Tennessee. He and his family have operated a tree farm for generations. The land was originally purchased in 1881 by Ross’s great grandfather, becoming the place future generations would spend their time exploring nature and learning about their family history.

Together, the Ross family spends their time in the scenic setting of the forest, taking hikes along the creek. By keeping their trees growing, the family are able to provide plant and animal species the habitat they need to thrive. The family chose to participate in NCX because it gives them the opportunity to help offset the impact of climate change through their management practices. You can learn more about the Ross family story during a visit NCX CEO Zack Parisa made to their property. 

See the dashboard

If you’re interested in the program, reach out to us today

Companies interested in buying carbon credits should contact us at sales@ncx.com

Landowners looking to sell forest carbon should contact us at landowners@ncx.com

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Riaz Jahangir

Riaz Jahangir

Software Developer
Riaz is a software developer on the NCX engineering team. Riaz’s extensive experience building and supporting complex systems helps improve NCX software from back to front. For NCX customers, that means better forest inventory predictions and faster cycles of feature implementation. Riaz holds BA and MEng degrees from Cornell University and spent a decade developing software in the financial risk space before joining NCX.
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