The Tri-City Forest sprawls over three cities in Massachusetts: Holyoke, Westfield, and West Springfield. An improved forest management project, the Tri-City Forest works to protect over 6,500 acres of forest and captures over 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Improved Forest Management (IFM) is an agriculture, forestry, and land-use project category that relates to forest management activities that result in increased carbon stocks within forests and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forestry activities when compared to business-as-usual forestry practices. The Tri-City Forest in particular generates revenue for the communities involved in the form of carbon stock in exchange for the benefits that the protected lands provide. This exchange enables the project to benefit the environment while not removing an essential form of income from the surrounding community.
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- Significantly reduces carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
- Protects the environment and habitats of many species of animals.
- Supports the local communities by maintaining healthy watershed which ensures healthy ecosystems and clean water.
- Serves as a natural water filter for surrounding areas.
- Improves forest management operation by implementing sustainable forestry practices that help reduce greenhouse gases and contribute to carbon sequestration.
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