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Wildfire Management & Reforestation

Reviving Forests, Mastering Wildfires

At Forester's Co-Op, we prioritize the innovative use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and reforestation in our approach to wildfire management. Our specialized team employs advanced GIS technology to analyze and monitor forest landscapes, identifying areas at high risk for wildfires and guiding strategic reforestation efforts. This data-driven approach enables us to map out fire histories, predict potential fire behavior, and effectively allocate resources for prevention and control. Post-fire, our reforestation services are integral to our wildfire strategy. We focus on restoring fire-affected areas with appropriate native species, enhancing forest resilience and biodiversity. Our reforestation projects are designed not only to rehabilitate the land but also to create healthier, more fire-resistant forests. By combining cutting-edge GIS technology with our commitment to reforestation, we are at the forefront of sustainable and effective wildfire management, ensuring our forests are protected, restored, and maintained for future sustainability.

A Collaborative Commitment to Reforestation

In addition to traditional timber markets, there is an emerging forest carbon sequestration futures market for reforested properties that offers landowners a return on their investment that is comparable to and/or could someday exceed the revenue per acre generated by a commercial timber harvest. It is based on monetizing the carbon dioxide that a tree absorbs during photosynthesis to create both energy and woody cellulose needed for growth. This process is referred to as forest carbon sequestration and storage.


In short, corporations and individuals will pay you to restore and conserve your forest so that it can continue to remove carbon from the atmosphere. This is the carbon offset market, where individuals and corporations who are voluntarily committing to “net zero” goals purchase them to offset their carbon-generating activities.


Keep in mind that these markets are not mutually exclusive; through the development of a comprehensive long-term forest management/reforestation plan with our assistance, landowners can enjoy financial returns earned in both the forest carbon sequestration and traditional timber markets.


Mast Reforestation (Mast) is the world’s first and only end-to-end tech-led reforestation company. As bigger and hotter fires destroy more forestland every year, many landowners are left without good reforestation options. Mast uses technology to provide faster and more resilient forest restoration at no cost to the landowner. 


FCO represents Mast as an advisor and reforestation contractor with the goal of successfully establishing reforestation projects on privately held timberland properties impacted by wildfires in California and other western states. We ensure all administrative and operational work is completed to comply with state forest practice laws and regulations while meeting Mast’s reforestation carbon sequestration targets for the newly established forest plantation.

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How No Cost Reforestation Works

Consultation

Call us! We can help determine your property’s eligibility for a carbon project.
To qualify most of the trees were lost in the reforestation project area due to natural
disturbances such as fire, wind, or insects and land must have previously been forested or support tree growth.

Site Evaluation & Agreement

After preliminary feasibility has been established, we sign a letter of intent, and you pay a site evaluation fee. FCO will visit to conduct a full evaluation of your land to prepare a reforestation plan that is customized for your land management goals. The evaluation will include an estimate of the projected yield of carbon credits and the payment you can expect to receive. After reviewing the evaluation report, we move forward with a Project Development Agreement to solidify our plan.

Site Prep

FCO will leverage our industry knowledge to utilize any state or federal cost share programs to offset the cost of site prep increasing overall project profitability for you. FCO will manage all aspects of site preparation including but not limited to the removal of hazardous snags and application of herbicides to prepare the ground for planting and build resiliency against future fire events.

Planting

Together, we will create the desired species mix for planting with an emphasis on replicating the naturally occurring mix of native species while optimizing for a future resilient forest. We will grow seedlings specifically for your project and manage the planting process.

Confirmation

After planting, an independent third party will confirm that the trees are surviving and thriving. The amount of carbon your trees will sequester will be calculated at this time. This will determine the revenue you will receive.

Revenue

Once Mast has sold the offsets, you will receive carbon revenue in as little as one year after planting to maintain the forest for the time indicated in the project contract. The longer the growing trees are protected and sequestering carbon, the larger your payment will be.

Long-Term Forest Management

On-ground monitoring by FCO will occur every 5 years to confirm the forest is meeting the specifications outlined in the contract. You will continue to actively manage your land, which can include generating revenue from commercial thinning. Flora and fauna will return to your land and will thrive in the newly reforested areas for future generations to enjoy.

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