Western Reserve Land Conservancy Carbon Program

Project Profile

Project Location

Cleveland, OH

Project Operator

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

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Alex Czayka aczayka@wrlandconservancy.org

Western Reserve Land Conservancy (“the Land Conservancy”), a non-profit accredited land trust based in northeast Ohio, is working with City Forest Credits on its first carbon credits endeavor: the Western Reserve Land Conservancy Carbon Program.

To date, the Land Conservancy has protected over 60,000 acres across 24 counties of northern and eastern Ohio. Through its Reforest Our City program, the Land Conservancy has partnered to plant and distribute 15,000 trees since 2015. Our vision includes thriving, prosperous communities nourished by vibrant natural lands, working farms and healthy cities; indeed, a carbon credit program is well-suited to our vision and mission, furthering conservation goals that will benefit communities, increase valuable open space acreage, and preserve critical wildlife habitat.

The Bainbridge Forest Preservation Project—a 32-acre property comprised of 100-year old mature forest—is the Land Conservancy’s first carbon preservation project. The Land Conservancy’s ultimate goal is to protect the property in perpetuity through a conservation easement. A successful project will bring benefits to open space, human health, and birds and wildlife. The property is strategically located near a 797-acre conservation corridor, and its forest provides both ecosystem services (carbon sink, stormwater retention) and wildlife habitat (seven State-listed bat species and neotropical migrant birds) crucial for an area of Northeast Ohio that is experiencing rapid development and forest loss.

The Land Conservancy is working with City Forest Credits to roll out its carbon credit program, which will include both preservation and planting components. Additional carbon preservation projects are underway, and are anticipated to be added to this program’s portfolio in late 2020 and 2021.

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