Improved Forest Management
Glaciers and snowpack from Mount Shasta feed the gorgeous McCloud River, a 77-mile stream that tumbles over boulders and meanders through rugged conifer forests at the southern end of the Cascades Range. It’s a premier wild trout fishery and features several waterfalls. Whitewater rafters and kayakers love to run the miles of class III rapids on the Upper McCloud, with bonus glimpses of the Bavarian-style buildings at Wyntoon, a private estate that was once the retreat of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst.
The offset project involves 2 forest tracts near the river, totaling 9,200 acres. Campbell Global of Portland, Oregon, partnered with Pacific Forest Trust and the environmental consultant Bluesource to create the project. Campbell Global, which specializes in sustainable timberland management, manages the tracts for the owner, Pondosa Forest, LLC, which ultimately receives the carbon offset income.
Timber harvesting will continue, but carefully. Permanent conservation easements granted to Pacific Forest Trust require that the timber stock increase, that the tracts never be subdivided or developed, and that the forest be restored to its natural state of mixed native conifers in a variety of densities and heights, with a wide range of tree ages and no nonnative species. The anticipated increase in the number of larger, more mature trees will support a greater variety of wildlife. Stream buffers wider than the state requires will ensure that the McCloud river will remain wild, scenic, and beloved by both trout and people.
Cloverly buys offsets that meet accepted standards for being real, measurable, verifiable, permanent, and additional. "Additional" means that the carbon savings would not have happened without the offset project and that the project would not have happened unless it got certified to sell carbon offsets. The Climate Action Reserve oversees verification of the McCloud River project.