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Improved Forest Management (IFM) for Non-Federal U.S. Forestlands


The Improved Forest Management Methodology for Quantifying GHG Removals and Emission Reductions through Increased Forest Carbon Sequestration on Non-Federal U.S. Forestlands details requirements for non-federally owned forestland in the U.S. to quantify GHG removals and emissions reductions through enhanced sequestration and/or emissions reductions relative to baseline forest management. Lands must be subject to commercial timber harvesting activities, by the entity owning or controlling timber rights, under a forest management plan in both the baseline and project scenarios.

The methodology was developed by Columbia Carbon LLC, a subsidiary of CE2 Carbon Capital in partnership with L&C Carbon LLC, based on the approved ACR IFM methodology for U.S. timberlands developed by Finite Carbon Corporation.

A methodology revision was later proposed by Blue Source, TerraCarbon and L&C Carbon. The main intent of the proposed methodology changes is to allow for conservation projects on lands that can be legally harvested by entities owning or controlling timber rights on forestland, but which are forgoing harvesting in support of conservation goals and enhanced CO2 sequestration. Other proposed changes are to clarify certain definitions, applicability conditions and calculations based on questions that have arisen during project development and verification of registered projects.

Current approved version

Process documentation

Reference documents

14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use
File PDF documentColumbia Carbon IFM Methodology - PUBLIC COMMENTS AND RESPONSES 5-23-11
File PDF documentColumbia Carbon IFM Methodology v1.0 PEER REVIEW COMMENTS AND RESPONSES
File PDF documentColumbia Carbon Proposed ACR IFM Methodology PUBLIC COMMENT DRAFT
File PDF documentIFM Methodology for Non-Federal U.S. Forestlands v1.0 Semptember 2011 FINAL
File application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheetAddendum 1 spreadsheets
File application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheetNPV citations
File PDF documentDescription of NPV calculation
File Zip archiveReference literature
File PDF documentIFM methodology for Non-Federal US Forestlands v1.1 FINAL
File PDF documentIFM non-Fed Proposed modification for v1.1
File PDF documentAFOLU TC response to modification request v1.1
File PDF documentACR IFM Methodology proposed tracked changes
File PDF documentACR IFM Methodology Modifications Peer Review Comments & Responses
File PDF documentACR IFM Methodology Summary of Changes
File PDF documentColumbia Carbon IFM v1.2 FINAL
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