Land deal to create Vermont's largest carbon offset project

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MONTGOMERY, Vt. (WCAX) A forested mountain in the Northeast Kingdom is now part of Vermont's largest carbon offset project.

Courtesy: The Nature Conservancy/Heather Furman

The Nature Conservancy acquired Burnt Mountain to create an ecological reserve. The 5,487-acre parcel is located in the towns of Montgomery, Eden, Westfield, Lowell and Belvidere.

Besides allowing for outdoor activities and hunting and fishing, the natural area will serve as the state's largest carbon offset project. The mountain will be enrolled in a California program that requires businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 92 percent. Eight percent can be credits bought from other places. Officials say Burnt Mountain is expected to produce more than 200,000 credits, valued at $2 million over a 10-year period.

Jim Shallow is the director of strategic conservation initiatives for the Nature Conservancy in Vermont. He spoke with our Galen Ettlin about the project and how other forest landowners can benefit. Watch the video for the full interview.