Protecting an important carbon sink while also generating significant ecological co-benefits
Less than 1 percent of the Northeast’s original forests remain standing. Old, wild forests support a higher richness of species, from songbirds to salamanders and fungi to mosses. They are often safe havens for threatened and endangered species and for wildlife sensitive to human disturbance. Older, unmanaged forests contain massive carbon stocks stored in soils and above-ground wood that increase every year. If logged or otherwise lost, that carbon is irrecoverable over the next century. Northeast Wilderness Trust’s passive management regime will offer the land the freedom to grow old and one day join the ranks of the region’s precious and rare old growth forests—often referred to as rewilding.
The Inlandsis Fund Managing Director Jamie Callendar said, “Inlandsis is very pleased to support NEWT and Bluesource in preserving the Woodbury Wilderness Preserve, located only three hours from our headquarters in Montreal. Since 2017, our fund has contributed financing to over thirty greenhouse gas emission reduction projects across North America in multiple sectors and we aim to deploy additional capital into similar projects in the coming months. We are proud to partner with two leaders in sustainable forest carbon conservation in Bluesource and NEWT to protect this wilderness to generate incremental carbon removals and substantial ecological co-benefits.”
Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director of the Northeast Wilderness Trust, stated that “Permanent conservation of large landscapes like Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve will help meet the State of Vermont’s goal to have at least 9% of Vermont’s forested landscape be comprised of old forests, and by partnering with Vermont River Conservancy to hold a forever-wild easement on the land, we will ensure it will remain wild forever.” Leibowitz added, “Carbon markets have emerged as an essential revenue source for landscape-scale conservation and when credits are generated through our Wild CarbonTM program, the public is ensured that every dollar was derived from forests that will never be logged again. It’s a win for wildlife, the public, and the atmosphere.”
Aaron Paul, Vice President at Bluesource, praised the collaborative efforts of all three parties in developing the forest carbon project. “We are honored to be involved in this partnership to protect this critical Northeast wilderness. To provide more forests with the opportunity to mature into old-growth, while sequestering critical amounts of carbon, is a true privilege and it is why we do this work. We are thrilled to add the Woodbury Mountain Wilderness to our network of conserved forestland under carbon management across North America.”