Reforest The Tropics

An applied research program demonstrating climate change mitigation through sustainable farm forestry

Carbon-Offset Forest Thinnings

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Oxen hauling logs during a periodic thinning of a RTT carbon-offset forest

Oxen hauling logs during a periodic thinning of a RTT carbon-offset forest. Photo taken Feb. 2009.

RTT is developing a model of reforestation that is profitable for the farmer and that sequesters CO2 efficiently for the US sponsor.   The farmer earns money from each forest as RTT carries out periodic thinnings—partial harvests that allow the forest to grow healthier and faster.

RTT always thins the poorer quality trees to leave more room for the remaining trees to grow larger.   Shown here is a team of oxen taking out some logs from a forest we are thinning this month.  The photo was taken last week in Costa Rica.

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