Living Carbon Loblolly Pine Biotech-Enhanced Reforestation

$0.05 per kg

Living Carbon's Loblolly Pine Reforestation Project increases the volume of carbon stored in durable wood products, while accelerating the ability of the millions of acres of managed timberland in the US to act as a carbon sink. It also provides an opportunity to integrate timberland owners into the carbon markets and incentivizes them to extend their harvest rotations. The project encompasses a 2000-acre active loblolly timber stand on timberlands located in the Reidsville, Georgia area. The land is managed by Living Carbon through a 30-year land access agreement with private landowner Stanley Farms—a third-generation farming family who manages a total of 30,000 acres of cropland and timberland. Living Carbon provides trees, site preparation, and planting at no cost and pays for the land use on an annual basis. The land is used for high-volume timber production that yields a variety of durable wood products, including sawtimber and poletimber. The Southeast United States produces the majority of the timber in the U.S., and Loblolly Pine accounts for most of its production. This project will showcase the potential of woody biomass production to be a significant source of carbon reduction volume. Living Carbon’s mission is to responsibly remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using the inherent power of plants. Since 2019, Living Carbon has made enormous strides in genetics and breeding to deliver the world's first photosynthesis-enhanced trees. If all the trees in managed forests were replaced with such trees and grown on a 30-year cycle, the net carbon capture per cycle would be increased from 1.5 to 3 gigatonnes annually. Living Carbon’s goal is to incorporate these traits across multiple common plant species such as loblolly pine, douglas fir, and switchgrass while simultaneously expanding its portfolio of traits to areas like nitrogen fixation, salt tolerance, drought tolerance, and fire resistance. Forest biotechnology like Living Carbon’s can allow forest carbon projects to be truly additional by enabling planting on land that would otherwise struggle to support forest stands. Without revenue from carbon credits or the purchase of seedlings, its photosynthesis-enhanced seedlings would not be supplied to the market.