Project Description

Doe Mountain Improved Forest Management Project is located on 8,485.58 acres of mixed hardwoods, oak-hickory, cove forest, and oak-pine in northeast Tennessee. Doe Mountain is a contiguous parcel used as a conservation and recreation-based property.

It is among the largest contiguously owned forested parcel in the state and local region. Heavy, high-grade logging practices and parcelization threatens much of this region and has for a long time. Few private recreation and wildlife conservation opportunities to this scale remain in the state. Doe Mountain ownership seeks to earn profit through recreation opportunities (primarily ATV and mountain bike trails) and conservation activities (primarily carbon offsets) on the property.

The project activity is improved forest management, with Doe Mountain’s forest management practices representing a significant improvement in the carbon storage and conservation value than higher return, more aggressive management regimes of industrial private lands in the region, which are characterized by shorter, even-aged rotations. Management decisions of the forest focus on sustainable, natural forest growth and non-commercial maintenance harvests to reduce hazards for recreation users and promote forest health. The project ensures long-term sustainable management of the forests, which could otherwise undergo significant commercial timber harvesting.

Additional

This parcel of land had no protections before this project was developed. Based off of the development trends of neighboring properties, without funding from the carbon project, alternative scenarios include intensive silvicultural practices or parcelization and sale of the forestland to owners for intensive management or development.

Permanent

This project ensures that the carbon stored within the forest is preserved for at least 40 years. Because natural carbon sinks could reversal, the project is required to have a small amount of carbon stored elsewhere, so that if natural disaster kills a significant portion of trees, then original amount of carbon the project aimed to store still remains true.

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