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Forest Carbon Partners finances and develops forest carbon offset projects for the California Carbon Market.

We work with family, industrial and tribal landowners to create carbon offset projects that deliver real financial value – increasing and diversifying revenue for timberland owners. Our work delivers a reliable, high-volume supply of offsets to businesses regulated under the California cap and trade system. 

Forest Carbon Partners is an investment fund managed by New Forests.

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Forest Carbon Partners finances and develops forest carbon offset projects for the California Carbon Market.

We work with family, industrial and tribal landowners to create carbon offset projects that deliver real financial value – increasing and diversifying revenue for timberland owners. Our work delivers a reliable, high-volume supply of offsets to businesses regulated under the California cap and trade system. 

Forest Carbon Partners is an investment fund managed by New Forests.

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New Forests manages over $2 billion in capital for investment in sustainable timberland and environmental markets, including over 1.5 million acres of timberland and rural land.  We believe that forests provide many values to society in addition to wood products, including carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat and water – and that forest landowners will increasingly be compensated to manage forests to provide these ecosystem services. 

Acting on that belief, our company has been a global pioneer in forest carbon markets.  In particular, New Forests is a leading investor, forest carbon project developer, and supplier of forest carbon offsets in the California greenhouse gas emissions trading system.  Through multiple investment funds, we are developing more than 300,000 acres of forest carbon offset projects for the California carbon market.  We have sold 3.5 million offsets on behalf of forest landowner partners in forward and delivered contracts.  We have evaluated potential offset projects on millions of acres of land.  And we have registered more projects to date under the California compliance forest carbon offset protocol than any other company.

Our commitment to the California carbon market dates back over ten years to the first Climate Action Reserve forest protocol committee in California, on which our CEO, David Brand, participated as a member.  Dr. Tim Robards, Manager of Investments and Operations at New Forests, later led the technical sub-committee in drafting the final version of the forest offset protocol eventually adopted by the State of California. Dr. Robards was also a member of the Western Climate Initiative Offsets Committee.  Brian Shillinglaw, New Forests’ Director of US Investments and Operations, has worked with forest landowners at all scales to evaluate and develop carbon assets, in addition to leading New Forests’ engagement with the California greenhouse gas regulatory process for years.  Emily Warms, Senior Analyst with New Forests, was formerly Forest Program Manager at the Climate Action Reserve, an offset registry accredited by the State of California, and has also worked for The Nature Conservancy and the Pacific Forest Trust on California carbon accounting and forest offset policy.

Working through our latest carbon investment fund, Forest Carbon Partners, our team has the expertise, experience and capital to deliver a cash-flowing forest carbon offset project for family, industrial and Native American forest landowners.

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Our Team


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DAVE BRAND
Chief Executive Officer

David Brand founded New Forests in 2005 and leads the company’s investment programs, acting as chairman of all New Forests investment committees.  David has over 30 years of experience in timberland investment, forest management, science, and public policy. David is dedicated to innovative, responsible investment strategies in the forest sector and associated assets, including infrastructure, bioenergy, and environmental markets.  Previously, David was responsible for investment programs that integrated timber management with emerging environmental market opportunities at Hancock Natural Resources Group (HNRG).  David has a PhD from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Toronto in Canada.

 

BRIAN SHILLINGLAW
Director, US Investments and Operations

Brian Shillinglaw directs New Forests’ US investment business.  He is responsible for overseeing and developing investment platforms such as Forest Carbon Partners, including project origination, financial structuring and asset management.  Brian has over seven years of experience with environmental markets investment and climate policy.  Brian holds an A.B. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a M.S. from the Interdisciplinary Program on Environment and Resources at Stanford University.

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DAVID BRENTLINGER
Investment Committee Member

David Brentlinger sits on New Forests’ US investment committee, where he contributes to the evaluation of investment opportunities.  David has over twenty years of experience in real estate investment, development, asset management and planning.  Prior to his work with New Forests, David served as Senior Vice President of Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors, a fund manager and provider of real estate project debt and equity across the United States.

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TIM ROBARDS
Associate Director
Investments & Operations

Timothy Robards manages forestry and carbon analytics for New Forests’ carbon and timberland investments in the United States. Timothy has over 25 years of experience as a forester and forest biometrician and provides quantitative oversight of forestry and forest carbon projects in the assessment, project development, and operational phases. Timothy has developed and led forest carbon research and consulting programs in the private sector following a 20-year career with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He was also quantitative lead on the Climate Action Reserve forest protocol, which was the model for the California compliance protocol used by the Air Resources Board. Timothy has a bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from Purdue University as well as a Master of Science and PhD with a focus on Forest Biometrics and Climate Change from the University of California, Berkeley.


 

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EMILY WARMS
Manager
Investments and Operations

Emily Warms supports New Forests’ carbon and forestry investments in the United States. She is primarily responsible for the development of forest carbon projects for the California carbon market and is involved in all aspects of project origination, design, implementation, and credit sales. Emily’s background is in forest ecology, carbon accounting, and climate policy. Her experience includes managing the forest program of a national carbon registry, where she served as the technical and programmatic lead for forest carbon projects under California’s compliance program. Emily has also worked at leading regional and national non-profits in roles specialising on carbon accounting and forest policy issues. She has conducted research on a variety of topics, including carbon markets, forest management, and restoration. Emily is a Society of American Foresters Candidate Certified Forester. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Studies from Williams College and a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Forestry from the University of Vermont.

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THOMAS HILL
Financial Controller
 

Thomas Hill is responsible for the accounting and finance functions of New Forests’ US operations including oversight of funds accounting, financial reporting, and regulatory compliance. Thomas works closely with the US operational and corporate team to improve financial processes and systems with a view to scalability for future growth. Thomas also manages the relationships with New Forests’ advisors in the US who provide banking, audit, tax, and SEC advisory support. Thomas has over ten years of experience leading international commercial finance and accounting functions in the US, Europe, and Australia. He is an active member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology in Sydney.





 

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PETER TITTMANN
Senior Analyst
Investments & Operations

Peter Tittmann supports timberland asset acquisition using geospatial analysis and data science. Peter has 15 years of experience developing and deploying geospatial tools and analysis in the forestry, energy, and water sectors, with a broad range of expertise in forestry including inventory, growth and yield modeling, harvesting/management operations, and ecological restoration. His doctoral work in Geography at the University of California, Davis employed aerial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) in the task of individual tree detection and measurement. He comes to New Forests from the Center for Forestry at UC Berkeley where he managed a program focusedon wood products and bioenergy development and also supported the development of the Forest Climate Action Plan, a multi-agency initiative to establish contributions of the California’s forest sector to climate policy goals.



 

 

JANET SO
Manager
Investment Analytics

Janet So is responsible for the development and maintenance of bid and portfolio models for acquisitions and assets under management in the United States. Her work guides fund product cash management, supports asset valuation, and provides financial and strategic perspectives on investments, business strategies and fund structures. Janet has over 10 years of experience in asset management, with more than 6 years in equity research focusing on listed equity financial modeling and valuation analysis. She has also worked on financing in the solar industry with experience in investor reporting, solar asset modeling, and tax-equity structures. Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a California Certified Public Accountant as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.

 

 

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ROBIN BELLOWS
Analyst
Investments & Operations

Robin Bellows supports New Forests’ forestry and carbon investments in the United States, primarily through forest analytics in project origination, development, and implementation. Robin’s skill set includes growth and yield modeling, linear programming and optimization, and biostatistics; her experience includes inventory and operations at a research forest, wilderness interpretation in Yosemite National Park, and research on forest climate resilience. Robin has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University and a Master of Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley.

 


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Services for Landowners

Forest Carbon Partners can offer free, no obligation project evaluations and credit yield estimates for landowners with more than 1,000 acres of timberland.  For more information, contact us.

When we identify a viable offset project and the landowner decides to proceed, Forest Carbon Partners pays the cost of offset project development on a landowner’s property and manages project development and credit sales. In exchange for our project finance and development services, we charge a minority percentage of credit sales revenue from the project for a limited period of time.  We only develop forest carbon offset projects for the California cap and trade system. We finance projects located anywhere in the United States, and we have worked in the past with family forest owners, industrial landowners, Native American tribes, hunting clubs, and land trusts.

For more details on the project investment and development services offered by Forest Carbon Partners, contact us.

Services for Credit Buyers

Forest Carbon Partners delivers a reliable, high-volume supply of ARB-compliant offsets to businesses regulated under the California cap and trade system. New Forests funds, including Forest Carbon Partners, have sold 3.5 million forest carbon offsets into the California compliance market to date. We can offer ARB offset credits in small and large lots via forward contracts or spot contracts. We structure offset sales to meet a wide range of compliance needs, and we are experienced in rapidly and efficiently meeting the due diligence requirements of California compliance offset purchasers.

In addition to our current projects, Forest Carbon Partners maintains a growing pipeline of hundreds of thousands of acres of timberland in various stages of origination and contracting. Many of our projects protect charismatic, high conservation value forests in California and other states, often owned by family forest owners and Native American tribes.

Our aggregated portfolio of projects reduces delivery risk and provides a single point of contact for offset purchase and sales contracting. Forest Carbon Partners offers a scalable, long-term, competitively priced source of ARB offset supply for California compliance buyers.

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The Carbon Market


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The California Carbon Market

In 2006, the State of California enacted the “California Global Warming Solutions Act”, which requires a significant reduction in California’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. This law enabled the creation of a cap and trade market to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which became fully operational in January 2013. The California cap and trade market is the largest carbon market in North America and the second largest in the world by value. Total demand for offsets in the California market is expected to exceed 150 million offset credits through 2020. Supply of offsets is currently inadequate to meet demand.

In the California cap and trade system, businesses in California that emit more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year must by law submit a permit or an offset for every metric ton of greenhouse gas pollution they emit. Permits are issued and auctioned by the State of California in limited and declining supply, creating a “cap” on emissions. Businesses regulated by the system may cover up to 8% of their emissions with offsets. Offsets are issued in accordance with regulations adopted by the State of California and may currently be sourced from projects located anywhere in the United States.

For more information about the California carbon market, please review the materials available for download below.

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What are forest carbon offset projects?

Following a protocol adopted by the State of California, forest landowners in the United States can take voluntary, legally binding actions to increase carbon sequestration on their properties and earn offset credits for sale in the California cap and trade system. There are three types of offset projects under the California forest carbon offset protocol: reforestation, improved forest management, and avoiding conversion of timberland to non-forest use. Only avoided conversion projects require a conservation easement. No project type requires a landowner to cease timber harvesting completely. Forest carbon offset projects create an ongoing cash value for leaving timber on the stump, opening a new commodity market to landowners. With an offset project, timberland owners can manage forests for both log sales and carbon offset sales.

Forest Carbon Partners offers free, no-obligation project evaluations and offset credit yield estimates for landowners with more than 1,000 acres of land. For more information, please visit our Landowner services page and contact us.

 

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Forest Carbon Partners works with family, industrial and tribal landowners to create carbon offset projects that deliver real financial value – increasing and diversifying revenue for timberland owners. The projects listed below are a sample of our current carbon projects.

 

Yurok Tribe

A Douglas-fir and hardwood forest held by the Yurok Tribe along the Klamath River on the Northern California Coast

  • Registered with the California Air Resources Board -- the first forest carbon offset project ever registered under the California regulatory offset protocol
  • Issued over 720,000 offsets in 2014 and 2015.
  • Projected offset issuance of 815,000 offset credits in total through 2019
  • Located on territory recently re-acquired by the Yurok Tribe
  • Protects watersheds critical for salmon spawning habitat

Hanes Ranch

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A family forest held by the Hanes family since the 19th century

  • Registered with the California Air Resources Board
  • Issued over 85,000 offset credits in 2014.
  • Projected issuance of 140,000 offset credits through 2018
  • Highly biodiverse mixed Redwood, Douglas-fir, and hardwood forest
  • Includes miles of salmon-bearing Garcia River and Rancheria Creek

Round Valley Indian Tribes

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A Douglas-fir and pine forest held by the Round Valley Indian Tribes in California

  • Registered with the California Air Resources Board
  • Issued over 460,000 offset credits in 2015.
  • Well-stocked Douglas-fir and pine stands with older-growth forests
  • Projected offset issuance of 600,000 offset credits through 2019

Trinity Timberlands

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A Douglas-fir, true fir, pine and hardwood forest in Trinity and Humboldt counties in California

  • Registered with the California Air Resources Board
  • Issued over 680,000 offsets in 2015
  • Well-stocked Douglas-fir and pine stands
  • Contains several tributaries of the South Fork of the Trinity River

Alder Stream Preserve

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Forested wetlands, lowland spruce-fir and northern hardwood forests in Maine

  • Conserved by the Northeast Wilderness Trust, the Alder Stream Preserve is part of a network of 20,000 conserved acres in central Maine that protects significant ecological and scenic values
  • Projected offset issuance of 42,000 offset credits through 2020

Howland Research Forest

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An older growth lowland spruce-hemlock forest in Maine

  • Conserved by the Northeast Wilderness Trust, Howland has experienced limited harvest for 140 years
  • A field site for NASA's Forest Ecosystem Dynamics project and a participant in the Ameriflux program -- one of the longest records of carbon flux measurements in the world
  • Projected offset issuance of 40,500 offset credits through 2020

Montesol

A diverse mixed conifer and hardwood family forest in Napa and Lake Counties, California

  • A top land conservation priority in Northern California
  • Significant connectivity with public lands, critical corridor for migrating wildlife, and an important headwater with over 80 springs.
  • Projected issuance of over 320,000 offset credits through 2020.

 

Glass Ranch

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A Douglas-fir and mixed hardwood family forest in Humboldt County, California

  • Well stocked and conservatively managed family forest near the Eel River
  • Projected issuance of over 290,000 offset credits through 2020

 

Gabrych Ranch

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A mixed conifer and hardwood forest in Humboldt County and Trinity County, California

  • Family forest with tributaries of the Trinity River
  • Projected issuance of over 270,000 offset credits through 2020

 


Mescalero Apache Tribe

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A mixed conifer forest held by the Mescalero Apache in New Mexico

  • Project located on trust land managed for timber production by the Mescalero Apache
  • Projected issuance of over 3,000,000 offset credits through 2020

Berea College

A southern Appalachian oak and mixed hardwood forest in central Kentucky held by Berea College

  • Restored by the college after being extensively cleared, burned, and farmed during the early 19th century
  • Well-managed for over 100 years for timber, recreation, education, and research
  • Projected issuance of over 350,000 offset credits through 2020

Eddie Ranch

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A Douglas-fir and mixed hardwood forest in Mendocino County, California

  • Family forest managed for timber production and hunting
  • Projected issuance of over 260,000 offset credits through 2020

 
 
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