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Boone Improved Forestry

Improving forestry management to reduce GHGs and protect unique ecosystems


Conventional logging practices can have a hugely detrimental impact on our planet’s forests. While timber companies defend selective logging practices, these methods often lead to severe disruption of ecosystems. Improved forestry management techniques aim to reduce the negative environmental impact of forestry activities while continuing to produce ample timber benefiting local economics and livelihoods. 

United States
Improved Forest Management

Sustainable Development Goals

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

Preserving the forest

helps avoid heavy water runoffs on the slopes and avoids soil erosion, helping to filter the water for downstream communities

13. Climate Action

3,400,000 tonnes of CO2e

mitigated overall by the project

15. Life on land

16,976 hectares of forest preserved

under improved management, home to the thriving population of elk, deer and black bears

The Solution

Spanning a vast area of almost 17,000 hectares, the Boone Forestlands project sits in one of the most ecologically diverse regions of North America; the Southern Appalachia. Characterized by its steep, forested mountain slopes and narrow valleys, the region's unique geology and evolutionary history has led to a rich assemblage of plant and animal species. Focusing on sustainable forestry management practices, the project aims to protect and preserve species including deer, black bears, bats, elk, and many rare and threatened species that inhabit the woodlands.


The Impact

By employing a suite of sustainable harvesting techniques, the project both reduces GHGs as well as any ecological disturbance that comes with conventional logging practices. Protecting these forestlands plays a vital role in ensuring landscape connectivity and ecological resilience throughout Southern Appalachia, allowing populations of many animals such as elk, deer and black bears to thrive.

Project ID: 303693
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