Hood River County Commission Approves Moving Ahead With Forest Carbon Credits Plan

Hood River County Commissioners have approved moving forward with an agreement with The Carbon Trust to set up sale of carbon credits for the County Forest.  Commissioners voted unanimously to ask staff to draw up the paperwork to move forward.  The move will commit the County to continue with a conservative management of its forestlands that it has almost always practiced for the next 40 years, with The Carbon Trust marketing credits that are estimated to bring in over $23 million in the next seven years.  Commissioner Les Perkins noted the County has looked for this kind of opportunity for a long time, and the revenue can help them acquire more forestlands, a long-standing goal of the Commission.  Proceeds can only be used for purchasing additional forestlands or uses related to their maintenance.  It will probably two years before credits actually go on sale, as County Forester Doug Thiesies said it would probably take a full summer season to do the forest inventory to prepare for it.

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