Doe Mountain Improved Forest Management Project

Johnson County, Tennessee

United States

Improved Forest Management

Technical details

It could have been a housing development. Or a landscape of stumps. Instead, Doe Mountain Recreation Area is 8,600 acres of forestland in northeast Tennessee that lures outdoor recreation enthusiasts from across the state and beyond.

The mountain, part of the Blue Ridge chain, peaks at 3,889 feet above sea level. A fire tower, built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and recently restored, rises another 60 feet. It offers breathtaking views. “As far as you can see,” said recreation area Executive Director Tate Davis, “there’s no indication of human interaction.”

The land has been logged several times, most recently in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A developer planned a subdivision there but went broke before bringing in the bulldozers. In 2012, The Nature Conservancy and the state of Tennessee bought the mountain and created a public-private authority to oversee it. Their goal, as expressed in a report by the authority, was “developing multiuse recreational opportunities for public participation and enjoyment that will create jobs and facilitate economic development.”

More than 60 miles of trails twist through the trees. Most are multiuse paths that accommodate hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and off-highway vehicles, including motorcycles, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles, steered by handlebars and usually carrying 1 rider), and UTVs (utility task vehicles, which resemble souped-up golf carts and can accommodate 2 or more). Doe Mountain has become a mecca for off-road enthusiasts, drawing tourists who sometimes spend days exploring the trails.

The carbon offset project, developed by Bluesource (http://www.bluesource.com) and begun in 2017, is expected to remove from the atmosphere 770,543 extra metric tons (849,378 US tons) of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases during its first 20 years. That’s above the baseline for equivalent area forests that are managed to supply commercial timber. The Doe Mountain project will allow the forest to develop naturally, with no commercial logging. That will provide habitat for wildlife and a wide variety of plants, protect local water quality, and prevent soil erosion. For more about Doe Mountain Recreation Area, see https://doetn.com.

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 American Carbon Registry oversees verification of the Doe Mountain project. You can find verification documents at https://acr2.apx.com/mymodule/reg/TabDocuments.asp?r=111&ad=Prpt&act=update&type=PRO&aProj=pub&tablename=doc&id1=398.

Projects can produce many offsets during a year. So a project may appear more than once in the Cloverly portfolio. You can tell the year of the offset by the date in the web address for each project: "12-months-starting-[month]-[year]." For a list of all the projects in our portfolio and an interactive map, see https://dashboard.cloverly.com/offsets. Learn more about Cloverly at https://cloverly.com.

Percent Utilized

11.041%

Total Capacity

Instrument Type

Carbon Offset

Registry Name

American Carbon Registry