Afognak Forest Carbon Project

Project Type: 

Improved Forest Management (IFM)

Area: 

3,326.5 hectares

Location(s): 

Afognak Island, Alaska, United States

Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Validated conformance with the Verified Carbon Standard Version 3: June 13, 2012 (RA-VAL-VCS- 016426).

Verified conformance with the Verified Carbon Standard Version 3: June 20, 2012 (RA-VER-VCS-015741).

The Afognak Forest Carbon Project covers 3,326.5 hectares (8,219.7 acres) of adjacent or proximal land parcels located on the north coast of Afognak Island, Alaska—specifically the Perenosa Bay and Delphin Bay areas. The Afognak project area is a low-elevation coastal temperate rainforest that has uniform forest cover, made up entirely of Sitka spruce, interspersed with lakes, ponds and various wetlands and small streams. The forest is either undisturbed 180- to 250-year-old native old growth or cut-over areas that are less than 20 years old and in various stages of natural regeneration.

The Afognak Forest Carbon Project achieves net emission reductions and removals through the avoidance of emissions due to expected logging activities. The Afognak properties were being utilized for timber production by their previous managers, with existing or pending logging plans in place for these lands as well as for adjacent properties. The project activities retain the current native and naturally regenerating logged forests in perpetuity and sequester carbon on the property.

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