NEFF is leading a five-year, game-changing $30 million pilot project that will help forest landowners implement climate-smart forestry on 80,000 acres and build markets for climate-smart forest products.
Ten years ago, New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) started to investigate the role forestry and sustainable wood products could play in the fight against climate change when paired with forest conservation, and after much research and modeling, we’ve developed an approach called the 30 Percent Solution.
By combining four forest-based climate solutions at a regional scale, NEFF can provide nearly one-third of the reduction in energy-related CO2 emissions—meaning, emissions from fossil-fuel combustion—New England needs by 2050 while also benefiting wildlife and biodiversity.
All of NEFF’s initiatives have a part to play in the 30 Percent Solution and in creating a climate-secure future.
NEFF’s 30 Percent Solution could keep more than 646 million metric tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere over the next 30 years. That’s big! Of its four forest-based climate solutions, most of the savings come from spreading the practice of NEFF’s Exemplary Forestry. Preventing forest loss, replacing carbon-intensive steel and concrete, and storing carbon in urban wood buildings also have plenty to offer.
A sibling initiative to NEFF’s Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge, Build It With Wood and its standalone website provide in-depth resources for experts like construction firms and forestland owners. Members of the general public are also encouraged to explore the website, and to help us build a climate-secure future with wood.