Darkwoods Forest Carbon Projec

In an effort to reduce our 3rd
 North American Congress for Conservation Biology Meeting carbon footprint, NACCB has partnered with ClearSky Climate Solutions to support offsets for conference-related greenhouse gas emissions. Recognizing the value of continued commitment to support a viable and important North American project, NACCB 2016 has selected the Darkwoods Forst Carbon Project for the second time. 

The opportunity to bring conservation professionals from around the country together in Madison is an exciting and invaluable one, but large events such as this have a cost for our global environment. Air travel, ground transportation, conference venues, lodging, and food and beverage all leave footprints on the earth.  As part of our commitment to combating ecological degradation, NACCB provides an opportunity for conference attendees to offset their individual carbon footprint, $15/attendee as an add-on to the registration fee. Please keep in mind we have reduced the cost of conference registration this year in order to provide attendees with an option to contribute to this effort.

There is not just one feature that makes Darkwoods such an important natural treasure. The property contains a multitude of special characteristics. Some of these are tangible, like the plants and animals that make their home here. Others are less easy to see, but just as vital to the long-term protection of nature and culture in the region. For example, Darkwoods is an important source of clean water that pours into Kootenay Lake and other water bodies. It is also a highly valued part of the wilderness backyard to the surrounding communities, who use it for recreation and resources. 

The acquisition of the 136,000-acre Darkwoods property by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in April 2008 represents the largest private conservation project in Canadian history. Darkwoods protects important habitat for at least 19 species at risk, including an endangered herd of mountain caribou and an isolated population of grizzly bear. Located in south-eastern British Columbia, just north of the Idaho/Washington state border, the project links with large tracts of adjacent lands toprotect more than 250,000 acres, enhancing connectivity for many wide-ranging species. Darkwoods provides multiple conservation benefits, including the protection of inland temperate rainforest, as well as contributing to the preservation of important freshwater systems throughout the South Selkirk Mountains (affects 17 watersheds, with more than 50 lakes on-site).

The Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project is an “Improved Forest Management” project which results in greenhouse gas reductions and removals through the avoidance of emissions due to logging, as a result of the conservation purchase and management of the property. The project was validated and verified by Rainforest Alliance (RA) and Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) in accordance with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) – under the Improved Forest Management on Privately Owned Properties in Temperate and Boreal Forests methodology, resulting in issuance of internationally-recognized Verified Carbon Units (VCUs). The project has also been validated under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) standard, anreceived a Gold Level certification for Exceptional Biodiversity Benefits.

VCS is the leading international forest carbon standard and Darkwoods ranks among the largest VCS-validated forest carbon projects in North America. The Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project won the 2011 Land Award from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. for leadership, innovation and collaboration in sustainable land use in B.C. 

Darkwoods’ 100-year permanence protection ensures the longevity of VCUs, backstopped by the VCS buffer pool, as well as ongoing annual verification of additional VCUs.

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