The California carbon offset system is structured to reward management approaches that increase the amount of carbon stored in forests. As your forest stores more carbon, increasing annual revenue can be generated.
The California Cap and Trade Regulation only applies to California companies; however, carbon offsets can be sold from qualified forestry projects across the U.S.
Forest Carbon Offset Project Types Under the California System
Certain forestland management activities are eligible to generate carbon offsets under the California program, including:
- Avoided Conversion (AC) of forests to non-forest uses
- Improved Forest Management (IFM)
The basic eligibility requirements for a qualifying forestry carbon project vary by project type.