Massachusetts Tri-City Improved Forest Management

West Springfield, Massachusetts

USA

Improved Forest Management

Technical details

“This is what government looks like at its best,” said Alex Morse, mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Holyoke worked with 2 other small western Massachusetts cities (Westfield and West Springfield) plus the state government to create the Massachusetts Tri-City Improved Forest Management Project. It sequesters carbon, expands outdoor recreational opportunities for residents, and boosts the budgets of all 3 cities.

The project covers several of the cities' forest parcels, totaling 13,536 acres. At times over the years, some of the land has been harvested as industrial forestland, converted to agriculture, or subjected to urban/suburban development. Today, residents use it for hiking and other recreational activities. Numerous wetlands contribute to the area’s drinking water supply. The forests provide habitat for 23 rare species of plants and animals.

The forest management project, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, preserves and expands those sustainable uses. Minimal harvesting focuses on sustainability, forest health, and recreational safety. Over 10 years, West Springfield will receive about $30,000 a year from the sale of carbon offsets, and Holyoke and Westfield will get about $100,000 each year. The cities have said they plan to use some of that money to create new recreational areas and finance other green projects.

“We will be preserving our urban forests for future generations,” said West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt, “reducing carbon dioxide levels, and improving air quality in western Massachusetts.”

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 Tri-City 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=376.

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

66.812%

Total Capacity

Instrument Type

Carbon Offset

Registry Name

American Carbon Registry