In 2008, Fort Peck Land Owners Association (FPLA) received a grant from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) to research and develop a carbon sequestration process on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Since then, FPLA has been designated by the National Carbon Offset Coalition (NCOC) as an Affiliate, and is now authorized to develop carbon sequestration sales packages. FPLA has now developed a rangeland carbon sequestration sales package approved by the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board that they have begun to implement.
The two reports below were submitted to ILTF as part of FPLA's grant. They offer an excellent narrative account of FPLA's activities and provide a good example of a proposed rangeland management aggregation program to encompass tribal trust lands and individual allotments. As part of the proposed program, project participants would implement grazing and conservation tillage management plans and sell carbon credits on the Chicago Climate Exchange. While the FPLA may enter into a contract with the NCOC for tribally-owned land, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has so far prevented them from doing so on behalf of the individual landowners, citing legal reasons. The FPLA will continue to press the BIA for resolution to the issue.
Includes a manual for other landowner associations or Indian nations who are starting the process of developing carbon credit projects and entering the carbon market.
Describes some of the regulatory hurdles trust land projects will encounter within the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
In the first ever grassland carbon market project, Ducks Unlimited entered 50,000 acres of land into the American Carbon Registry (ACR) in 2011. Ducks Unlimited worked with 114 homeowners, primarily ranchers, in the Pothole Prairie Region of the Midwest to secure 40,000 carbon credits from ACR. The project, which was in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, Climate Trust, Environmental Defense Fund, and Terra Global Capital, was funded through a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Natural Resource Conservation Service of the USDA. Individuals and communities that entered land into easement can expect not only added revenue to their land, but also possible increases in tourism as hikers, photographers, hunters, and other recreationists make a trip out to see a protected piece of this severely endangered ecosystem. In 2015, Ducks Unlimited received a second Conservation Innovation Grant for research and development of wetland restoration as an avenue for carbon market entry in the Northern Great Plains. To check out NICC's Conservation Innovation Grant and what we are working on, click here.
Information sources: www.ducks.org
"The instability of market prices of energy and world dependency on fossil fuel and the devastation it has and will continue to have on Mother Earth will ultimately break open the sales of carbon sequestration credits from our range and agricultural resources in Indian Country."
Fort Peck Land Owners Association