Selling carbon credits is earning tribes millions while conserving forests

From Native Business – Nov. 27, 2018

It’s an idea so simple that it sounds almost too good to be true: Tribes across the country are using their forest lands to generate income by selling carbon credits in the California emissions trading industry while preserving their lands for future generations.

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How to Make Millions While Saving a Forest

From Outside Magazine – May 7, 2018

The Sealaska Corporation is a for-profit company collectively owned by some 23,000 Native Alaskans from the Haida, Tlingit, and Tsimshian tribes. Since its creation in the 1970s, the company has made much of its money by logging in Alaska’s southeast islands. But beginning this year, that equation will flip: Sealaska stands to earn millions by leaving trees alone.

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Carbon Credits Help Tribes Preserve Culture, Climate and Bottom Line

From Indian Country Today – Feb. 16, 2016

The National Indian Carbon Coalition (NICC), a tribal non-profit, has received a three-year, $300,000 grant to improve access to carbon markets in Indian country, enabling tribes to help mitigate climate change’s effects while improving their bottom line. These markets have the potential to turn the tables on the history of exploitation of tribal natural resources by non-tribal entities.

 

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