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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Bruce County Forestry Partnership

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

12,500 acres of forest to start earning money for the county through carbon offsets.

Photo By Claire McCormack 

Bruce County and by extension, its residents, owns 12,500 acres of forest.

Now those trees are going to start earning money for the county.

You've probably heard of the sale of carbon credit offsets by one source to big coporations who need the credits.

Well, Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan says they're going into that business through a partnership deal with Bluesource Canada to market the carbon offsets to large corporations to meet certain targets.

He says, "The county is the first public sector forest owner in Ontario to respond to the global climate crisis this way and we are proud of our meaningful response to the international rally cry from the 2015 Paris Accord."

Trees take in carbon dioxide from the air and the process of capturing it, helps to slow climate change.

Twolan points out by committing to a high standard of sustainable growth of the forest inventory over the long term, can create credits that can be offered for sale to carbon emitters.

He says by partnering with Bluesource, to develop the forest carbon offset opportunity, it's hoped it will demonstrate to other private and public land owners the value of meeting a high standard of sustainable forest management.

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