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The Emerald Edge: Protecting Living Carbon Resources

The Emerald Edge project seeks to protect a vast swath of the coastal-rainforest system from northern Washington to the Tongass, which includes most of Southeast Alaska.
The Emerald Edge project seeks to protect a vast swath of the coastal-rainforest system from northern Washington to the Tongass, which includes most of Southeast Alaska. (Photo credit: The Nature Conservancy)

The Emerald Edge is one of the most productive carbon sinks on Earth, spanning 100 million acres of forest along the Pacific Coast of Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Benefitting from long-established relationships with Indigenous First Nations, Alaska Natives and coastal tribes, in partnership with TNC, are leading sustainable economic and community development. Through the work of Indigenous partners in the area and leveraging local government support, the project will help to sequester 3.5 million metric tons of CO2 through permanent protection of over 100,000 hectares of old growth forest. This project will help galvanize a $3 billion commitment from the Canadian Government for Natural Climate Solutions.

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