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Steven apfelbaum quivira final nov 2010 v2


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Steven apfelbaum quivira final nov 2010 v2

  1. 1. Restoring Natural Capital
  2. 2. Proposed Cedar Biomass and Soil Carbon Partnership The Earth Partners, LLC. Proposal to Corona Landowner Association Members
  3. 3. Partnership Goal: Healthy Rangelands Healthy rangeland, starts with improved soils from: • Reduced cedar • Increased deep rooted native grass coverage and diversity • Improved soil carbon levels Co-benefits can include: • Increased soil water holding capacity and availability • Reduced erosion and road/fence maintenance • Increased grass production for livestock • Improved wildlife habitat
  4. 4. Invasive Species Impacts on Your Ranch • Reduced grass/forage acreage and productivity. • Increased runoff and erosion. • Less groundwater replenishment, dry surface water supplies. • Increased ranch costs, reduced revenues Cedar Rabbit Brush
  5. 5. How The Partnership Works The Earth Partners • Design ranch cedar harvests, transport, and processing of cedar. • Harvest cedar and sells biomass and soil carbon credits Ranchers • Co-design ranch harvesting plans. • Obtain potential revenue from biomass and soil carbon credit sales. • Improved grass and traditional ranch revenues and soils, water, livestock health, and reduced operational costs.
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Example Potential Revenue Benefits For Ranch Restoration Example—Assumptions • 10,000 acre ranch • 4,000 acres is covered by dense cedar (15 tons/acre). • TEP harvests non-old growth, shade and viewshed cedar. • TEP sells cedar biomass (and soil C credits). • You graze to improve grass recovery Benefits to ranchers 1. Cost share savings of cedar removal (4,000 acres at $100/acre) 2. Payment for cedar removal (60,000 tons at example $1/ton) 3. Potential soil carbon (1 ton/acre/year, $1/ton, 10,000 acres) $ Value $400,000 (cost share saved) $60,000 $100,000 over 10 years
  8. 8. Partnership Benefits to TEP’s 1. Potential revenue share from biomass sales. 2. Potential revenue share from soil carbon credit sales.
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 1. Big Brothers Watching You---Eye in the Sky Technology Cow Ear Tag Target
  14. 14. 11/12/2010 The Stewardship Network webcast 16 11/12/2010The Stewardship Network webcast Erosion 36‖x 30‖ 2‖x 2‖ 2‖ - 6‖ TARGETS FROM 15,000’ AGL
  15. 15. 2. Detailed measurements of cedar quantities
  16. 16. 3. Mapping and on-the-ground measurements of soil carbon levels.
  17. 17. 4. Creation of Ranch Biomass and Soil Carbon Management Plans
  18. 18. 26 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
  19. 19. 27 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
  20. 20. ENVIRONMENTAL ASSETS CREATION, MANAGEMENT AND TRADING Thank You! Want More Information … PLEASE … - Meet today in lunch area - Visit our booth today