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    Steven apfelbaum quivira final nov 2010 v2 Steven apfelbaum quivira final nov 2010 v2 Presentation Transcript

    • Restoring Natural Capital
    • Proposed Cedar Biomass and Soil Carbon Partnership The Earth Partners, LLC. Proposal to Corona Landowner Association Members
    • Partnership Goal: Healthy Rangelands Healthy rangeland, starts with Co-benefits can include: improved soils from: • Reduced cedar • Increased soil water holding • Increased deep rooted native capacity and availability grass coverage and diversity • Reduced erosion and • Improved soil carbon levels road/fence maintenance • Increased grass production for livestock • Improved wildlife habitat
    • Invasive Species Impacts on Your Ranch • Reduced grass/forage acreage and productivity. • Increased runoff and erosion. • Less groundwater replenishment, dry Cedar surface water supplies. • Increased ranch costs, reduced revenues Rabbit Brush
    • How The Partnership Works The Earth Partners Ranchers • Design ranch cedar harvests, • Co-design ranch harvesting transport, and processing of plans. cedar. • Obtain potential revenue from • Harvest cedar and sells biomass and soil carbon credit biomass and soil carbon sales. credits • Improved grass and traditional ranch revenues and soils, water, livestock health, and reduced operational costs.
    • Partnership Benefits to Ranchers 1. Land cleared at no cost to landowner 2. Potential revenue from biomass sales 3. Potential revenue from soil carbon credits 4. Improved range conditions 5. Creates local employment 6. Receive latest high resolution imagery useful in range planning
    • Example Potential Revenue Benefits For Ranch Restoration Example—Assumptions Benefits to ranchers $ Value • 10,000 acre ranch • 4,000 acres is covered 1. Cost share savings of $400,000 by dense cedar (15 cedar removal (4,000 (cost share tons/acre). acres at $100/acre) saved) • TEP harvests non-old growth, shade and 2. Payment for cedar $60,000 viewshed cedar. removal (60,000 tons at example $1/ton) • TEP sells cedar biomass (and soil C 3. Potential soil carbon $100,000 over credits). (1 ton/acre/year, $1/ton, 10 years • You graze to improve 10,000 acres) grass recovery
    • Partnership Benefits to TEP’s 1. Potential revenue share from biomass sales. 2. Potential revenue share from soil carbon credit sales.
    • Challenges to Cedar Management Its Costly: 1. To remove and manage cedar are high 2. Buyers of cedar are far away 3. Cedar is spread out over large acreages How Do we Overcome Such Challenges? 1. Innovative inventory analysis and mapping 2. Efficient removal and processing practices 3. Efficient transportation and logistics partnerships 4. State-of-the-art business model created with ranchers
    • Introduction to The Earth Partners • 35 Years of restoring grasslands and other ecosystems – Recognized soil and range scientists. – Biomass experts. – Former power plant executive interested in biomass. – Successful business people dedicated to ranch conservation. – Financiers focused on innovative business models – Successful partnerships with other landowners. – 3 years of working with Corona Land Owners Association
    • TEP’s Accomplishments • Cedar Biomass: – Lab chemical & BTU testing shows cedar is high quality fuel – Cedar biomass supply mapping in NM, OR, CO, UT, etc. – Cedar biomass specifications in discussion with power companies. – Biomass buyer contracts in negotiation. – Organizing test burns with power companies. – Completing rail transport logistics. – Streamlining harvesting, processing and product development. – Finalizing biomass and soil carbon partnerships with ranchers.
    • TEP’s Accomplishments • Soil Carbon: – Drafted first ever ―Soil Carbon Quantification Method‖ that is now being validated for use by the global carbon marketplace. – Soil carbon sampling has been initiated in NM, SD, CO, CA, OR, WA, NE, WY, VT, WI, and in Argentina, Chile, New Zealand on ranch projects. – Assisted federal government to develop soil carbon policies and programs
    • 1. Big Brothers Watching You---Eye in the Sky Technology Cow Ear Tag Target
    • TARGETS FROM 15,000’ AGL 2‖x 2‖ 2‖ - 6‖ 11/12/2010 The Stewardship Network Erosion 16 webcast 36‖x 30‖ The Stewardship Network webcast 11/12/2010
    • 2. Detailed measurements of cedar quantities
    • 3. Mapping and on-the-ground measurements of soil carbon levels.
    • 4. Creation of Ranch Biomass and Soil Carbon Management Plans
    • Partnership Needs Biomass Opportunity: 1. Need large scale—power companies need a lot of biomass 2. Production and transportation efficiency Soil Carbon Opportunity: 1. Regulations needed to create viable marketplace 2. Need large scale—millions of acres in a soil partnership 26
    • Joining the Biomass/Soil Carbon Partnership What We Seek: • Ranches with heavy cedar cover. • Ranches with declining soils. Partnership Goal: • Scale-up from 250,000 to millions of acres to meet biomass demand. For more information, meet today in lunch area, visit our booth, email chas@theearthpartners.com 27
    • Thank You! ENVIRONMENTAL ASSETS CREATION, MANAGEMENT AND TRADING Want More Information … PLEASE … - Meet today in lunch area - Visit our booth today