Natural Lands

Natural lands play an important role in absorbing and sequestering carbon. While the U.S. land sector absorbs 10% of total U.S. carbon emissions, estimates show that cities, states, and businesses can scale the carbon absorbed by natural lands to 15% – the equivalent of 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide each year.

Regional strategies for carbon sequestration in natural and working lands

Non-federal actors can enhance the capacity for natural and working lands to foster carbon sequestration, thus reducing emissions in an agriculturally beneficial way. Deploying carbon-beneficial practices across U.S. forestlands, croplands, and grazing lands will require improved data, new monitoring systems, and scalable incentive mechanisms to elevate deployment.

Case Study

The Nature Conservancy Scales Program to Bolster Forest Growth and Carbon Sequestration

In Pennsylvania, The Nature Conservancy’s Working Woodlands program is accelerating large-scale forest protection and sustainable management by offering a new value proposition to forest landowners through forest certification and carbon markets. Now, its model has been implemented in Tennessee, Michigan, and New York, and TNC is aiming to have 1 million acres in the program by 2025, sequestering an estimated 50 million tons of carbon dioxide.