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Improved Forest Management (IFM) on Canadian Forestlands


The American Carbon Registry (ACR), a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International, solicited public comments on the newly developed Methodology for the Quantification, Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions and Removals from Improved Forest Management on Canadian Forestlands.

Similar to the ACR’s existing Improved Forest Management Methodology for Quantifying GHG Removals and Emission Reductions through Increased Forest Carbon Sequestration on Non-Federal U.S. Forestlands, the methodology quantifies GHG emission reductions resulting from forest carbon projects that reduce emissions by exceeding baseline forest management practices. Removals are quantified for increased sequestration through retention of annual forest growth when project activities exceed the baseline. This methodology is applicable on forestlands that are either privately owned, or not managed under a provincial Crown forestland license within Canada.

This methodology was modified by John A. Kershaw and Yung-Han Hsu, based in Fredericton, NB, Canada, as well as Bluesource LLC., Finite Carbon and ACR, from an existing version of ACR’s U.S.-based IFM methodology originally developed by Finite Carbon and updated by Matt Delaney and David Ford of L&C Carbon and Greg Latta of Oregon State University. The methodology is seeking approval by ACR through public consultation and scientific peer review processes.

Improved Forest Management activities offer tremendous potential for sequestering carbon throughout Canadian forestlands. The ACR methodology provides a rigorous scientific framework for offset project development, registration and verification.    

The methodology is now in scientific peer review.  

Process documentation

3. Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry
File PDF document IFM on Canadian Forestlands v1.0 Public Comment Draft
File PDF document ACR Methodology Canada IFM Public Comments Summary