Cover photo for Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber Program

Traceable Reforestation for America’s Carbon and Timber Program (TRACT)

Oregon Climate Trust,
U.S. Department of Agriculture


This project builds climate-smart markets for timber and forest products and addresses the need to expand and recover the nation’s forest estate to balance the demand for wood products with the increasing need for forests to serve as carbon reservoirs. The project will deploy funding, planning, and implementation of reforestation and afforestation activities in lands deforested by wildfire in the Western U.S.

and degraded agricultural lands in the Southern U.S. Every acre planted and the volume of forest products generated will have a quantified and verified climate benefit in metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

The project plans to invest in a new website and signage to educate consumers about the novel commodity and to provide project contact information. By listing projects with a carbon registry, public records will be available and will include georeferenced planting project boundaries, a description of the planting project including densities and species compositions, quantification of carbon benefits in mtCO2e, and records of third-party project validation and verifications.

The project aims to work with multiple Tribes in the west and small producers and community-serving landowners in the south. At least half of the total grant funding is anticipated to be reserved for technical and financial assistance for Tribes, family forest owners, and county/municipal ownerships.

The project aims to include a combination of small landowners and tribal representatives.  Practice implementation incentives should increase the demand for climate-smart forest products, over time, improve the economics of climate-smart forest management and wood production. The project plans to invest in a new website and signage to educate consumers about the novel commodity and to provide project contact information for those wishing to engage in the program.

By listing projects with a carbon registry, public records will be available and will include georeferenced planting project boundaries, a description of the planting project including densities and species compositions, quantification of carbon benefits in mtCO2e, and records of third-party project validation and verifications; these publicly available source records are critical as the foundation for supply chain tracking. The project aims to work with multiple Tribes in the west and small producers and community-serving landowners (i.e.

counties and municipal governments) in the south. At least half of the total grant funding is anticipated to be reserved for technical and financial assistance for Tribes, family forest owners, and county/municipal ownerships.



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Details

Financial Instrument

Grant

Total Program Funding

$15,000,000


Updated December 21, 2023

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