Climate-related environmental impacts are a pressing concern in our modern era. Many regions in the world are experiencing significant changes to climatic trends, including potentially increased natural disasters, rising sea levels, and increased temperatures. To address this challenge, countries from around the world are taking action to reduce their impact on the environment. One example is the REDD+ program, which stands for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The objective of REDD+ is to incentivize developing countries to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation by offering financial compensation for reducing emissions. At its core, REDD+ is a policy mechanism that seeks to create financial value for the carbon stored in forests. It is one of several large-scale efforts to achieve this goal.
Forest degradation and deforestation are major climate related concerns. When trees are burned, the carbon stored in the trees is released into the atmosphere. When they are removed, less carbon is stored on the landscape. As a result, factors related to warming increase, potentially contributing to an increase in negative climatic effects. Efforts like REDD+ seek to address this problem by providing financial incentives to developing countries to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation. As these types of policy solutions develop, Steigerwaldt Land Services is delivering the fundamental work needed for them to succeed.
Steigerwaldt has performed forest inventory projects for carbon estimation across much of the United States. We support federal, state, county, and private efforts to both assess carbon storage and production on their land and manage it in a way that improves these. Steigerwaldt also provides modeling based on the most current carbon standards and research to accurately assess storage and production. We can help forest owners and managers understand the possibilities for carbon on their land, as well as navigate the sometimes-complicated process of evaluating programs and calculating potential ecosystem service opportunities. At Steigerwaldt, we strive to provide clients with the best suite of tools and options to manage their forestlands.
Chris King, Analytics, Technology, and Solutions Manager