NICC information sessions are free and open to all interested tribal representatives or landowners. These sessions are hosted in partnership with the Intertribal Agriculture Council and include an overview of carbon credit trading as well as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) renewable energy and conservation programs. Information sessions can be all day events but the NICC portion is typically an hour. To register for an upcoming information session, please contact the person associated with the event you would like to attend or if you are interested in hosting a session feel free to contact us.
The National Indian Carbon Coalition (NICC) has received a grant of nearly $300,000 from the Natural Resource Conservation Service to help create a pathway for tribes across the United States to enter land into the carbon market. The project, which is already underway, consists of three parts.
First off, NICC is in the process of drafting an Indian Lands Carbon Project Guidance to adapt current carbon market protocols and standards to the unique laws under which Indian land operates. This document will help facilitate the development of future carbon credit projects throughout Indian Country. The document is expected to be finalized by early 2017.
Along with the Guidance document, four pilot projects are being established on diverse lands across Indian Country. NICC is in partnership with tribal nations in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota all aiming to enroll parcels of land into the American Carbon Registry (ACR). ACR is one of the largest voluntary carbon markets in the United States. These projects address carbon sequestration on rangeland and agricultural land within four distinct ecosystems. More information on each pilot project can be found below.
Finally, the grant will be used to expand outreach and education of tribal entities, land managers, and Indian producers on conservation benefits and economic opportunities for managing carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture and rangeland systems. Outcomes will include carbon offset project development materials and training sessions for tribal landowners and land staff as well as field staff of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the United States Department of Agriculture.
To see case studies of tribes who have already enrolled land into carbon markets, see our Case Studies page.
Project Area: 10,000 acres
The Pueblo of Santa Ana is located in Sandoval County, New Mexico, approximately 20 miles north of Albuquerque in the Upper Middle Rio Grande Valley. The Pueblo's lands encompass over 79,000 contiguous acres of trust and reservation land, much of which is undeveloped. Management practices include: 1) increasing the cover of desirable herbaceous vegetation to minimize soil erosion 2) decreasing the density of woody species to reduce soil erosion and minimize the risk and consequences of catastrophic wildfires 3) minimizing off-road driving impacts through community education 4) developing and implementing livestock grazing management plans and 5) controlling livestock activities through the distribution of water souces and erection of fences.
Project Area: 2,200 acres
Pe'Sla is regarded as a sacred site located in the Black Hills within the original territory of the Oceti Sakowin as recognized by the 1851 and 1868 Treaties. Pe'Sla was reacquired by Oceti Sakowin Pe Sla Wowakan, an intertribal partnership made up of federally recognized Sioux tribes including the Rosebud, Shakopee Mdewakanton, Crow Creek, Cheyenne River, and Standing Rock Sioux communities. The partnership is dedicated to ensuring the perpetual use of Pe'Sla for traditional uses and cultural ceremonies which include the reestablishment of a buffalo herd on the native prairie ecosystem.
Project Area: 100,000 acres
The Comanche Nation is located in southwest Oklahoma with tribal jurisdictional areas throughout the surrounding counties. The Realty and Land Acquisition Division is undertaking a sustainable agriculture initative to establish a new agriculture leasing management system on allotments and land owned by the tribe. The sustainable agriculture initiative will include conversion to no-till cultivation, establishing shelter belts to mitigate wind erosion, taking highly erodible areas out of crop production to restore riparian zones, and implementing rotational grazing management practices.
NICC has entered into a new partnership with the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. Check back for updates on project developments and details.
SIG-NAL is a national non-profit organization that works on developing the scientific foundations for the ecosystem service marketplace. The organization is experienced in carbon offset project identification and carbon measurement and monitoring. SIG-NAL also has extensive technical capacity in the delivery of geographic information system mapping and analysis tools that are accessible to practicioners and decision makers.
The American Carbon Registry (ACR) is a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International. As the first private voluntary offset program in the world, ACR has unparalleled expereience in the development of rigorous, science-based GHG emissions reduction standards and project-based quantification methodologies. The organization also handles the technical aspects of carbon offset project registration, verification oversight, offset issuance, and registry operations.
Please visit the webpages of all our partners to learn more about what they do:
Stay tuned for updates on our progress!