In 2010, Community Forests International partnered with DIALOG, a Canadian architecture and engineering firm to offset their carbon emissions. After reducing its footprint to the best of its ability, DIALOG collaborated with CFI to save Whaelghinbran Farm, an at-risk property capable of storing the firm’s remaining unavoidable emissions.
For over 40 years, Clark Phillips and Susan Tyler pioneered restoration forestry and organic agriculture at Whaelghinbran Farm; earning a reputation throughout the province for their ability to conserve and restore the land. In 2012, at risk of losing their life’s work in their old age, Clark and Susan offered Whaelghinbran Farm to CFI. Recognizing the importance of preserving this property to serve as a model for working lands conservation, CFI worked tirelessly to raise the necessary funds to purchase the Whaelghinbran property.
DIALOG’s interest in offsetting their carbon emissions presented a rare opportunity for CFI to leverage the capital necessary to save the farm. In 2012, the New Brunswick Community Land Trust (NBCLT) partnered with Community Forests International (CFI) to pilot this innovative approach to forest carbon offsetting and save Whaelghinbran Farm in the process. This trial initiative, the Whaelghinbran Forest Carbon Project, successfully combined conservation easements, certified forest management, and third party carbon offsetting methodologies to protect over 200 hectares of Acadian forest in New Brunswick.
To date, the Whaelghinbran Forest Carbon Project has resulted in the protection of over 200 hectares of Acadian forest in New Brunswick, has generated approximately $200,000 in revenue, and has contributed directly to sustainable economic development and climate change mitigation regionally.
More information on the Whaelghinbran Forest Carbon Project, and the potential of forest carbon offsetting for land trusts can be found here.