We are consulting foresters who generate and sell carbon credits on behalf of forest landowners. We do not buy carbon credits or directly compensate landowners for their participation unless they are members of Forest Carbon Works. Our roles in a typical project are to:

  • quickly assess the feasibility of enrolling a property anywhere in the U.S. into a carbon offset program, at no cost to the landowner
  • work with a local forester to cruise the property and then we use the measurements to calculate carbon credit generation
  • perform all technical tasks required to quantify the carbon sequestration value of the property
  • secure an investor to cover the cost of preparing the sale
  • document the project’s carbon benefits and steward the project through a rigorous third-party verification process
  • package and auction your credits to potential buyers ensuring that you earn top dollar
  • provide long-term ongoing assistance in order to maintain the landowner’s responsibilities and commitments with the carbon offset program

These responsibilities are comparable to those typically provided for a timber sale. We also advise on the management of timber and carbon to diversify your revenue stream over time. You may use us periodically to administer future sales.

Components of a Project

ecoPartners has developed and refined methods to efficiently quantify the value of carbon sequestered in U.S. forests. Most forest landowners have extensive cruise data, maps and other information that ecoPartners uses to design efficient methods for measuring biomass and estimating carbon stocks. We also train field crews to perform these measurements when needed.
Project development flowchart

Development Process

Once a comprehensive inventory of timber stands and carbon stocks is complete, ecoPartners performs a series of iterative steps to predict how alternative management practices affect forest biomass as compared to business-as-usual management. We specify silvicultural regimes for each timber stand, predict forest growth into the future, and determine the optimal harvest schedule for managing timber production and carbon sequestration. ecoPartners then provides the documentation and support needed to navigate the audit process, ensuring successful third-party verification of the project’s carbon sequestration value.

Development Timeline

The typical timeline to develop a project from start to credit issuance is approximately six-to-sixteen months depending on the complexity of the project.  The preliminary accounting exercise can be completed in less than a week and culminates in a financial proforma of potential project performance over time.  Gauging the potential payout of the project and risk factors presented by this analysis, landowners can decide the level of speculative investment they are willing to make to arrive at a decision point on whether to complete the project.  This investment mainly finances inventory design and field measurements, the most costly and time-consuming component of project development.

The cost of a carbon inventory varies by project; the greater the level of initial investment in the pilot inventory, the more refined projections of project credit crediting and payout.  Should the landowner decide not complete the carbon project given the initial estimates of creditable stock from the pilot inventory, then the landowner may use the pilot inventory for timber planning and harvesting purposes outside a carbon project.  This is a key factor to justify the decision to complete a pilot carbon inventory.  One way to compress the development timeline and reduce the cost of carbon inventory is to use modern technology.  For example, by using an enabling service like rapidbiometric.com.

Once final inventory estimates are available, modeling and harvest scheduling typically take two months to complete.  Optimization may be employed during this process to quantify maximal crediting.  We use a sophisticated numerical optimization routine that can boost credit generation up to 20% compared to standard approaches.  Depending on the complexity of the project, its third party audit may take three-to-nine months.  Smaller projects (less than 10,000 acres) typically take fewer than six months to complete.  If the project is developed under the Compliance Offset Protocol for U.S. Forests and the requirements of the California Air Resources Board, an additional 45-60 days are needed for administrative review.