To make a tangible contribution to
through education and applied research
on carbon-offset farm forests in the tropics.
RTT presently balances the CO2 emissions of over 96 participants with more than 500 acres of carbon-offset forests on 13 sites in Costa Rica. We manage forests for individuals and organizations including: Superior Nut Company, Connecticut College, Home Depot, Mohegan Sun Casino, Curtis Packaging Company, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, Triumvirate Environmental Corporation, and other various universities and public schools, faith based institutions, private foundations, and many different families.
We use a mixed-species forestry model in order to promote biodiversity, create habitat, and reduce risks associated with tree loss from pests and diseases. The species have been carefully selected, based on decades of research. Some species excel at long-term carbon sequestration while others are added to provide income for local landowning partners. We periodically thin our forests in order to avoid stagnation and ensure that the forest plantations remain productive. The logs that are felled in these necessary thinnings are provided to our local partners for sale on the market. Local partners are able to earn an income from their forested land, which slightly exceeds the profit potential of cattle farming on the same land.