What types of forestry offsets are there?


 

There are five major types of forestry-related offsets currently being discussed as a part of many proposed carbon markets.

 

  1. Reforestation Offsets - Carbon sequestered as the result of establishment of trees on lands perviously forested. 
  2. Afforestation Offsets - Carbon sequestered as the result of establishment of trees on lands previously used for non-forestry activities.
  3. Forest Management Offsets - Amount of carbon sequestered (additionality) as a result of increased growth rates resulting from prescribed forest management activities (thinning, prescribed fire, TSI, etc.)
  4. Forest Conservation Offsets - Also termed "forest pools".  Lands which are managed for sustainability without the primary objective being forest products.
  5. Forest Products Offsets - Carbon placed in long-term storage when the harvested material is placed into product manufacturing channels (lumber, furniture, etc.).