At L&C Carbon, we are passionate about good forest stewardship. Market-based incentives can play a powerful role in achieving improved stewardship and conservation of our nation’s forests. L&C Carbon is committed to connecting landowners with forest carbon offset programs that match their values and forestland management objectives.

Founded in 2010, L&C Carbon develops carbon offset market opportunities for forest landowners. Our principal focus is on U.S. based projects that meet eligibility requirements of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) U.S. Forest Compliance Offset Protocol.

Our project partner, Columbia Carbon LLC, is a subsidiary of CE2 Carbon Capital, one of the largest U.S.-based investors focusing on the growing environmental markets. Since its founding in 2008, CE2 Carbon Capital has built and manages one of the largest portfolios of carbon assets in North America. It finances and develops projects across North America that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is a leading investor in carbon offsets.

Together, our organizations have more than 20 years of combined experience with forest carbon projects in the United States and internationally. We combine deep experience and knowledge of carbon regulatory and policy frameworks, carbon markets, and the forest carbon project development and implementation process. Our experience and capabilities allow us to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of forest carbon projects for our clients and investors.


What Sets Us Apart

L&C Carbon and Columbia Carbon bring four central values that distinguish us from other forest carbon project developers:

  • Commercial flexibility
  • Carbon protocol expertise
  • Record of successful forest carbon project development & implementation
  • Institutional capital

L&C Carbon has extensive experience with forest carbon offset project development and implementation. Our employees have completed over two dozen forest carbon projects on more than 1.3 million acres of land over the last 15 years. Our forest carbon protocol experience is second to none. In 2011, our company completed an Improved Forest Management forest carbon methodology through the American Carbon Registry (ACR).

Our team can also deliver additional value to landowners by:

  • Helping to achieve your land management objectives while also generating annual cash-flow through carbon offset sales
  • Leveraging carbon investment in projects to achieve greater project scale
  • Collaborative learning to develop organizational capacity on carbon project implementation

A distinct offering by L&C Carbon and its partner CE2 Carbon Capital is our ability to purchase today some of your future carbon offsets. This can ensure stable annual income and helps minimize your risk in the carbon offset marketplace.


The Benefits of Working with Us

Carbon project development is an emerging and highly technical field. We offer our clients access to a knowledgeable and highly-experienced project team lead by professional foresters that will help you successfully navigate the development process to unlock a new annual revenue source today and into the future.

L&C Carbon partners with forest landowners to eliminate landowner risk associated with project investment capital. We are willing to finance the entire process, unlike a fee-for-service consultant. Our interest is in seeing the project successfully verified and the offsets registered to sell. Project success is how we realize our return on investment. If the project is not successful, we absorb the initial investment and not the landowner.


L&C Carbon Team

David Ford

President & CEO

David founded L&C Carbon in July 2010 to develop innovative approaches to expanding revenue sources from forestlands, such as aggregating and selling forest carbon in pre-compliance and regulated markets.

David is a professional forester, with more than 35 years of experience in the federal, non-profit and for-profit sectors. Most recently, he served as managing director of Woodlands Carbon where he successfully aggregated family woodland owners into a voluntary carbon program, as well as the executive of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association.

Previously, David served as president and CEO of Metafore, an Oregon non-profit. Metafore serves as a source of tools, information and innovative thinking for business people focused on evaluating, selecting and manufacturing environmentally preferable forest-based products.

David began his career as a professional forester with the U.S. Forest Service in California, where he fought wildfires, among other responsibilities. He has also represented forest products manufacturers and industrial forestland owners before federal and state legislators, regulators and land managers through his work through several trade associations. He served in leadership positions with the National Forest Products Association (now AF&PA) and the Independent Forest Products Association before founding Metafore in 1997.

David holds a B.S. in forest management from the University of Illinois and is a graduate of the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Engineering Institute. He serves as an elected member of the Operations Committee of the American Tree Farm System. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and is a past officer of the National Capitol Chapter. David owns and manages a private family forest in western Oregon.

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Matt Delaney

Vice President of Project Development

Matt is responsible for developing forest carbon project opportunities, project implementation and assisting with program operations at L&C Carbon. He has nearly 20 years of forest carbon experience, leading carbon inventories on more than 2 million acres of land in a dozen U.S. states and ten countries internationally.

As the owner of Delaney Forestry, his clients included environmental organizations (The Nature Conservancy, Northwest Natural Resource Group, The Rainforest Alliance); major U.S. corporations (American Electric Power, Reliant Energy, Entergy Corporation, Duke Energy) and public agencies (U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation).

His principal area of expertise is the North American forest carbon market, with a focus on the compliance market in California administered by the Air Resources Board (ARB). He also has expertise working on forest carbon protocols from the American Carbon Registry (ACR) and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

He has nine peer-reviewed publications on forest carbon inventory techniques and project carbon accounting. His experience with forest carbon projects is extensive, dating back to 1996 before the existence of major carbon registries like ACR, CAR and VCS. His previous experience includes working at Finite Carbon, where his main responsibilities included project development and implementation of U.S. forest carbon projects—principally those that would qualify under rules and eligibility requirements of the Climate Action Reserve.

Matt holds a M.S. in forestry from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in environmental studies from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY.

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