OXFORD — Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded a Project Canopy grant, funded by the Maine Forest Service and the USDA Forest Service. The grant is for the development of a forest stewardship management plan for the district forest in Brownfield, a forest carbon inventory and two workshops for professional foresters.

The plan will emphasize practices that will promote maximum forest carbon sequestration. Forest carbon sequestration plays an important role in the reduction of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. The forest carbon inventory will follow the best currently available guidelines and standards.

The two day-long workshops are tentatively scheduled in November and will include classroom presentations and field work. They are intended to build the professional forester’s capacity to provide services to landowners that will enable their participation in the managed forestry carbon market while encouraging sustainable practices that deliver multiple co-benefits.

Partners and sponsors of the effort include Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine and the Threshold to Maine Resource Conservation and Development Area Inc. All are contributing in-kind match to the grant.

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