Carbon Sequestration as a Co-benefit of Riparian Restoration

Recently, the state of California has adopted mechanisms for paying forest landowners for the sequestration they capture by reforesting or by changing forest management and harvesting. These tradeable carbon credits are part of California’s cap-and-trade system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The price of a ton of carbon dioxide equivalent, or approximately the amount of carbon locked up in a good-sized, 20-year-old Fremont cottonwood (Populus fremontii), is currently $11.43.

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