Paige Goff, vice president of sustainability at Domtar, joined AFF’s board of trustees this year, where she will serve a three-year term. She says this carbon sequestration effort is just one area of shared interest for Domtar and AFF. Beyond creating a carbon market for family landowners and improving family forest management, the FFCP also improves overall forest health, fire resilience and water quality.
“Domtar has a long history of environmental stewardship, and we are inspired by this innovative approach that improves forest management and brings family forest owners into carbon markets,” she says. “We are proud to support the FFCP as it will protect and restore land upon which countless people, ecosystems and wildlife depend.”
FFCP and Carbon Sequestration
The FFCP incentivizes individual and family forest owners to adopt forest management practices that improve forest health and increase carbon sequestration, incorporating family forest owners in the global effort to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Research published by The Nature Conservancy and 21 other institutions in Science Advances demonstrates that nature–based solutions, such as the FFCP, can help absorb 21 percent of the carbon pollution produced in the United States — 30 percent more than previously estimated.
Domtar is already committed to safeguarding endangered forests and wildlife, respecting the culture and rights of indigenous peoples and conserving natural forests and biodiversity by sourcing wood from responsibly managed forests.
In addition to the benefit of mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration, the FFCP offers incentives for forest owners that align with Domtar’s work to help keep forests as forests. For example, we are working to increase the supply of certified fiber through multiple certification programs. We also helped develop the Four States Timberland Owners Association and Appalachian Woodlands Alliance to promote certification and help small landowners.
“Domtar and other companies are deeply engaged in improving the management of private forests,” says Lucas Dillinger, a wood procurement manager for Domtar who also has served on the board of the Forest Stewardship Council in the United States. “We have to do our share in order to keep private lands well managed so that we can see forests thrive into the future and offer a sustained yield.”
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