Program: Offer carbon offsets to timber owners

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Associated Press

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 11:31 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Older mid-Willamette Valley landowners selling timber from their forest lands to pay for health care could get an alternative soon.

An Oregon conservation group has proposed a health initiative linking landowners with carbon offset buyers, getting money to the older owners for health care costs while more effectively managing their timber.

The Corvallis Gazette Times reports (http://bit.ly/1faey4U ) the initiative can work for woodlots as small as 20 acres.

Catherine Mater of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation says the initiative will conserve forests, reduce the threat of climate change and provide rural landowners with access to health care.

Under the plan, timber harvesting could continue in the form of tree thinning or underbrush removal.

The program is already in place in Columbia County.

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Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com

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