The Treasure Valley Forest Carbon Assessment was developed in partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Idaho and Ecosystem Sciences Foundation in 2017. The assessment helps us better understand how the current community forest mitigates regional carbon impacts and how future investments in tree planting, care and recycling can sustain more resilient natural resources and economies within our region.


Key Findings

  • Project partners planted over 8,200 trees since 2013.

  • After 25 years, these trees can store 15,200 metric tons of CO2. This is an amount equivalent to taking 5,400 Treasure Valley drivers off the roads for one year.

  • If these plantings had earned carbon credits, they would be worth between $304,200 and $532,400, which could have been used to support planting and maintenance costs.

 Treasure Valley Tree Canopy Benefits - Ecosystem Sciences Foundation

Treasure Valley Tree Canopy Benefits - Ecosystem Sciences Foundation

Key Recommendations

  • The Treasure Valley Canopy Network (Network) will work with existing partners to find additional resources for community tree planting and maintenance.
  • The Network will begin documenting the value of carbon and co-benefits (stormwater, energy and air quality) from tree planting projects throughout the Treasure Valley.
  • The Network will facilitate strategic planting projects with partners to secure City Forest Credits sold to local carbon buyers.

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