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Region: North America
Project type: Forestry and landscapes
A beneficiary of one the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service's Innovation Grants, this project’s goal is to create financial incentives for conserving valuable grasslands through payments for protection of belowground soil carbon and avoidance of direct emissions from cultivation. The project, developed in conjunction with EDF, is located on two properties (Raven’s Nest and Heartland Ranch) in southeast Colorado covering approximately 23,000 acres. Southern Plains Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve the shortgrass prairie ecosystems of the Great Plains, and they receive 100% of the net revenue from the sale of carbon, which is used to accomplish further land preservation. Grasslands are an important and stable carbon sink and are described as the reverse of a rainforest, as 90% of their biomass is below ground in the long roots of the grass.
In addition to delivering emissions reductions to help take action to combat climate change (SDG 13), the project delivers other sustainable development benefits. The following SDG impacts are currently indicative and subject to change upon further analysis: