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The Largest US Reforestation Carbon Credit Issuance

The Largest US Reforestation Carbon Credit Issuance

Published 06-01-17

Submitted by ACRE Investment Management

GreenTrees received the largest US reforestation carbon credit issuance for a single verification — over 1,000,000 metric tons by the American Carbon Registry, an enterprise of Winrock International.

GreenTrees, the largest carbon reforestation project in North America, is focused on restoring One Million Acres in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. This area is known as America's Amazon because it is a flyway for 60% of all birds on the North American Continent, drains 41% of the US and is a major commercial artery.

“The whole focus of GreenTrees is about driving scale,” said Carey Crane, Co-Founder of GreenTrees. “Our vision is to restore one million acres back into America's Amazon - the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. With nearly 500 landowners and 120,000 acres under management, we are just getting started."

For over a decade, GreenTrees has been innovating and designing a platform company to create scaled impact on private lands, using its river system approach. The company was born from passion and commitment by the founding partners to achieve restoration on a scale and in a way that will create landscape change by sequestering carbon, purifying water and creating habitat that fosters biodiversity.

According to the IPCC, one-third of all carbon emissions since 1750 have come from land use change, predominately deforestation.  Reforestation unleashed in a programmatic and concentrated fashion is a technology that can scale and help to bend the climate curve.

In fact, the National Academy of Science studied all the technologies in laboratory and commercial development and deemed tree planting as the most scalable, lowest risk solution to combating climate change.

"Yes, Trees are a technology! And so are the tools to drive scale," said Jerry Van Voorhis, CEO of GreenTrees. "Today marks a milestone in our march to a million acres and demonstrates our ability to drive scale!”

About GreenTrees:

GreenTrees is part of the ACRE Investment Management platform (AIM) whose mission is to Reprice The Earth by Putting a Price and Value on Our Natural Capital and by linking the biological world to the transactional one, creating a flywheel for scaled conservation both in the US and Globally. and

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ACRE Investment Management, LLC (AIM) is a wholly owned investment platform created by C2I, LLC. The AIM platform is designed to both deploy the ACRE mechanism across a portfolio of companies while driving scaled impact into the restoration economy.

The ACRE (Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem) represents all the environmental and conservation attributes associated with the restoration and/or conservation of one physical acre of property. We recognize that there is a genius to nature. Ultimately, ACRE is about putting a price and value on its services—water, wildlife, carbon and so much more.

A recent study commissioned by C2I, the parent company of AIM, states that reforestation brought to scale around the world can sequester as much as 15% of the world’s current emission output. This scale will lead to a ten-percent reduction of of Global Mean Temperature (GMT) in absolute terms.

As the world races to prevent a 2 degree C rise of GMT, reforestation is the only immediately scalable solution. Given 1/3 of all the emissions has come from deforestation, it only makes sense that we embrace the power of nature and restore ecosystems around the world and do it on scale.

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