Supporting a network of private landowners in planting +200 million seedlings per year
Supporting the use of sustainable, renewable forest products as an alternative to carbon intensive products
Maximizing the potential of forests and forest products for clean air and water, wildlife habitat and the built environment
Demonstrating the environmental and economic importance of sustainable, healthy working forests
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of the dry weight of wood is carbon absorbed from the atmosphere as trees grow
of Georgia’s annual emissions from fossil fuel are offset by working forests
of net forest carbon sequestration comes from private forests
Connecting Private Forest Owners to Forest Carbon Markets
GFF is focused on providing education to support forest landowners in understanding the economic, legal, and operational considerations of available carbon programs. As part of this focus, GFF launched the Carbon 101 BETA education initiative in Spring 2022, which includes:
- Information: empowering landowners with information and on-demand content (video, podcasts, white papers, news stories, etc.) from carbon experts
- Research: support landowners in making informed decisions by conducting case studies based on real trials of forest carbon projects in Georgia
- Implementation: We will serve as a resource to landowners to guide them through the process of setting up carbon projects
Why this matters: Privately-owned working forests represent 22 million acres of forestland in Georgia, and more than 56% of that land is owned by non-industrial, individuals and family forest owners. Forests represent the greatest at-scale natural climate solution and one of Georgia’s greatest natural assets in carbon reduction.
Supporting the Development of Sustainable Buildings
In spring 2021, Governor Brian Kemp signed into law HB 355, which established a Sustainable Development Carbon Registry. The legislation provides incentive for developers to utilize products that sequester carbon, like wood, as a primary structural material. GFF is positioned to support the development of this policy within the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) by providing resources and expertise and ensuring the successful implementation of the legislation.
Why this matters: Globally, embodied carbon, or carbon emissions from building materials and construction, is responsible for 11% of annual GHG emissions and 28% of building sector emissions. The creation of a registry will allow the private sector to deliver wood-based solutions that address this challenge. The registry will incentivize developers to reduce or mitigate the carbon footprint of their buildings by using carbon-friendly construction materials.