I ran across this article in the Southern Livestock Standard Magazine about carbon credits and found it very informative. Good read for someone interested in the subject. Anybody interested in Alabama forest property should be educating themselves on Carbon Credits.
Understanding Carbon Credits
published: September 15th 2009
by: Aubee Keesee
What is a carbon offset?
A carbon offset is an emissions credit (also known as a “carbon credit”) earned by eligible projects that sequester, destroy or displace greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. So an offset represents a reduction in the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) that is released into the atmosphere. Carbon is “sequestered,” or stored, in vegetation, soil, and underground. Any activity that releases carbon (e.g., burning fossil fuels) increases the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Likewise, some activities reduce CO2.
For example, trees draw CO2 from the air and store carbon in their trunks, roots and soil. Increasing the number of trees on your property should cause a reduction in atmospheric CO2. Similarly, grasslands and soils under no-till agriculture store more carbon than degraded lands or soils under conventional tillage. Carbon can also be stored deep underground in geologic formations.
Why is this important? READ MORE AT: http://www.southernlivestock.com/articles/pastures_and_forages/understanding_carbon_credits.6488.sls