Carbon market opportunities could benefit Oregon’s private timberland owners
In Oregon, nearly half of the state — 29 million acres — is considered forestland, with approximately 10.3 million acres privately held. These forestlands can productively grow commercial grade timber, as opposed to areas where logging is restricted, such as congressionally designated wilderness areas or national parks.
Beyond the harvesting of timber, private forestland owners are being presented with new opportunities to earn revenue through participation in environmental credit markets. This innovative revenue stream is earned in exchange for increased conservation-based timberland management practices.