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Clemson Workshop Helps Foresters Understand Carbon Credits

Clemson Cooperative Extension experts are holding a second workshop to show South Carolina forest landowners how participating in the carbon market can provide a new revenue stream while helping combat climate change.

Carbon credits can be used to create new revenue stream for South Carolina forest landowners. Image Credit: Clemson University Public Service and Agriculture

A Carbon Market for South Carolina workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon May 9 at The Lakehouse at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road, Columbia. The cost is $25. Seating is limited. To register, go to http://bit.ly/ClemsonCarbonMarket.

Marzieh Motallebi, an assistant professor at Clemson’s Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, said the workshop will inform landowners about the amount of carbon sequestered due to various forest management activities. Carbon sequestration occurs when carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere.

Forest owners will learn how they can create and trade carbon offsets, also known as carbon credits. Carbon sequestration and the sale of carbon credits could be beneficial to society in many ways, including combating climate change, enhancing wildlife habitat, improving soil quality and conserving biodiversity.

“We are going to talk about the benefits of joining the carbon market for landowners,” Motallebi said. “We want to show forest landowners how they potentially can be sellers of carbon credits from their forest areas.”

A fact sheet, Carbon Offsets for South Carolina Family Forest Landowners, written by Motallebi and Clemson postdoctoral researchers Mustapha Alhassan and Hamed Majidzadeh, explains carbon offsets and why they are important.

“By participating in the carbon market, South Carolina family forest owners will have an opportunity to reduce climate change impacts if they decide to create and sell forest offsets,” Motallebi said.

Offsets can be sold through credit developers. A buyer can be an end user, which is the regulated entity in the California Cap-and-Trade Program (CA-CTP). For more information, go to http://bit.ly/ClemsonCarbonOffsets.

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