Carbon Sequestration

Hug a tree today – for keeping carbon out of our atmosphere. Photo: Richard Covey

Carbon sequestration – it’s a mouthful.  But it boils down to something simple and amazing.  Audubon South Carolina can actually get paid to protect prime habitat for birds and other wildlife.  Here’s how it works:

  • Companies in California want to release more carbon into the atmosphere than the law allows.
  • So they buy “carbon credits,” which allows them to release extra carbon legally.
  • Then we get paid that money if we promise not to cut our forest -- because our forest “sequesters” carbon, or prevents it from being released into the atmosphere.  That slows climate change, compensating for whatever those California companies are up to.

Audubon South Carolina has already been paid to protect parts of Beidler Forest.  We hope to receive another payment soon for protecting parts of Silver Bluff.  These funds increase our endowment, which provides essential annual income for our operations. 

Simple and amazing – we can get paid to protect habitat and counter climate change!