Garcia River Forestry Project

Mendocino, California

United States

Improved Forest Management

Technical details

Redwoods and Douglas firs stretch toward the sun in the beautiful Garcia River watershed in Northern California. You'd never know that decades of heavy logging had turned this peaceful forest into stumps as recently as the 1940s. In 2004, several conservation groups bought nearly 24,000 acres from a timber company and created California’s first large nonprofit-owned working forest.

Sustainable management of the forest traps an estimated 77,000 tons of carbon emissions annually. The management plan includes what's known as light-touch logging, which thins out timber in crowded stands. The remaining trees grow faster and bigger, allowing the forest to actually store more carbon than if the stand had remained untouched. The logging also creates jobs by sending timber to the local mill.

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A carbon offset represents the reduction of 1 metric ton (2,205 pounds) of carbon dioxide emissions. The Garcia River project does that by absorbing (sequestering) CO2 from the atmosphere.

Cloverly buys offsets that meet accepted standards for being real, measurable, verifiable, permanent, and additional. "Additional" means that the carbon savings would not have happened without the offset project and that the project would not have happened unless it got certified to sell carbon offsets. The Climate Action Reserve oversees verification of the Garcia River Forestry project. You can find verification documents at

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Instrument Type

Carbon Offset

Registry Name

Climate Action Reserve