Given the severity of the climate crisis and the opportunity for GHG sequestration and reduction in the forest and agricultural sectors, we applaud the bipartisan passage of “The Growing Climate Solutions Act (S.1251)” in the U.S. Senate. The bill will facilitate the participation of and provide technical assistance to overcome barriers to entry for farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners in voluntary environmental credit markets.
The Reserve has worked with farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners for decades to provide offset market opportunities that improve the health, profitability and resilience of agricultural and forest lands while helping address climate change. Agriculture and forest offset projects registered with the Reserve have sequestered and reduced over 90 million tons of GHG emissions to date, demonstrating that farmers and foresters can harvest climate solutions in addition to food and resources.
We’re excited to see momentum in DC for the important role of market-based forest and agricultural solutions, especially as climate change continues to have a significantly negative impact on farmers’ work and livelihoods.