This old-growth spruce forest project on the North Coast of Afognak Island, sequestered about 100,000 tonnes of emissions in 2014 and will sequester about 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents over its 30-year life. The project achieves reductions by protecting unlogged forests that would be logged in the absence of carbon finance. The baseline for this project is a clear-cut, timber-harvesting scenario that relied only on very poor natural regeneration. These previous practices are clearly evident on the project and still continue on adjacent lands.
The island, located in Southwestern Alaska, 40 miles by air from Kodiak, is so remote it can only be accessed by boat or helicopter. The land parcel was created by the American Land Conservancy and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in a period between 2005-2009 with the objective of conserving the land in perpetuity. Prior to the acquisition, the properties were being managed for timber production, with existing or pending logging plans in place across this and adjacent properties. The project will be managed and monitored by the State of Alaska for the purpose of wilderness and ecosystem protection.
Funds from the sale of carbon will be used for property management and direct carbon project annual monitoring, verification, registration, and issuance expenses.