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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USDA awards ILTF, partners with Regional Conservation Partnership grant

News release – Feb. 16, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named the Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) and eight partners, as recipients of a 2016 Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant. The $1.8 million grant awarded to the Intertribal Agricultural Council (project lead) addresses conservation management and training on tribal lands for increased carbon storage on forest and rangeland.

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State, tribe reach multimillion-dollar deal on carbon offset credits

From Santa Rose Press Democrat – March 1, 2015

A nearly 5,600-acre swath of tribal forest land in remote, northeastern Mendocino County will be contributing to California’s effort to reduce greenhouse gases while generating revenue for the Round Valley Indian Tribes under a new agreement with state officials. The state Air Resources Board this month approved the issuance of some 540,000 carbon offset credits worth millions of dollars to the tribe.

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