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Carbon credit projects use land management practices that boost the ability of natural CO2 sinks like plants and soils to remove carbon as CO2 from the atmosphere. Opportunities for indirect sequestration are found in forests, grasslands, wetlands and croplands.

Best Management Practices

Best Management Practices

Greenhouse gas projects are designed to either reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere from the project area or remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Changes in agriculture and forest management activities can have several different impacts on emissions. These include sequestering carbon in the soil, reducing fossil fuel emissions from the machines used in cropping and nitrous oxide emissions from the fertilizer. The National Energy Techology Laboratory (NETL) of the Department of Energy has identified best management practices for terrestrial carbon sequestration based on the ecosystem and the resources for which one is managing.

Examples of best management practices from NETL include:

  • Simulating the conditions of historic bison grazing on grasslands in the Midwest to allow for carbon build-up in the soil.
  • No-till farming of arable lands to promote carbon storage and prevent erosion.
  • Planting of native, drought-tolerant species such as grasses and shrubs in arid and semi-arid environments.

Click here for a closer look at how best management practices can be used on your farm.