Green Assets designing Brookgreen Gardens Forest Project
Green Assets is pleased to announce our newest landowner partnership with Brookgreen Gardens to design an Improved Forest Management Carbon Project.
The project will encompass over 4,500 acres of Brookgreen Gardens’ forested property, located near Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina. Improved Forest Management Carbon Projects involve demonstrating that timber stocks are being maintained at a higher level than common-practice for the area. Instead of harvesting trees for typical commercial uses like lumber and pulpwood, landowners can maintain the natural beauty of their forests while still creating revenue by using approved methodologies to calculate the amount of carbon stored in trees that are allowed to grow, instead of being chopped down.
The Brookgreen Gardens carbon project will be developed in accordance with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Forest Project Protocol to produce carbon credits for use in the state’s mandatory compliance carbon market. Large California businesses like power plants and fuel refineries are required by law to account for the annual emissions of their operations. These businesses can purchase ARB-certified carbon credits to offset a percentage of their overall emissions, creating the potential demand for over 200 million carbon credits by 2020.
Brookgreen Gardens’ Board of Directors selected Green Assets to design their Improved Forest Management Carbon Project based on our strong industry relationships and our reputation as ‘Landowners working with Landowners’. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to maximize the environmental and financial potential of their property while ensuring the long-term success of our projects. Green Assets offers an extensive network of experienced foresters, carbon analysts, third-party project verifiers, and carbon registries. Furthermore, Green Assets remains current on the evolving US carbon market by attending national events such as the annual Navigating the American Carbon World meeting in California, as well as internationally at United Nations Climate Conferences held around the world.
The Brookgreen Gardens Improved Forest Management Carbon Project is another testament to the 501©(3) non-profit organization’s mission “to collect, conserve and exhibit the plants, animals and cultural materials of the South Carolina Lowcountry”. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1984, Brookgreen is famous for its sculpture garden that boasts over 1400 exhibits, including the iconic ‘Fighting Stallions’ piece visible right off SC Highway 17. However the Brookgreen property also highlights the diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife of the Lowcountry. Towering Long-Leaf Pines and twisted Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss provide the perfect habitat for white-tail deer, wild turkeys, fox squirrels and many species of birds.
By teaming with Green Assets to embrace the new conservation opportunities of forest carbon projects Brookgreen Gardens remains “Ever Changing…Simply Amazing”.