Topic: Forest

Forest Articles

External News

The Conservation Fund Successfully Closes Debut $150 Million Green Bond

The Conservation Fund announced the closing of a first-of-its-kind offer of ten-year green bonds totaling $150 million. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to increase the scale of the Fund's "Working Forest Fund®," dedicated to mitigating climate change, strengthening rural economies and protecting natural ecosystems through the permanent conservation of at-risk working forests.
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Creating the Next Generation of Conservation Finance

At a time of rising climate activism, The Conservation Fund (TCF) — partnering with Goldman Sachs — tapped the capital markets with an inaugural debt issuance to scale its mission: to protect 1 million acres of America’s privately held working forests. We sat down with TCF’s CEO and CFO Larry Selzer and John Gilbert, respectively, and Goldman Sachs’ Kyung-Ah Park and Ritu Kalra to talk about the conservation sector’s evolving approach to sustainable growth and the role of capital markets.
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The Conservation Fund Announces Commencement of Green Bond Offering

The Conservation Fund (TCF) announced today that it is commencing an offering of taxable Green Bonds of approximately $100 to $150 million. The Bonds will be issued by TCF and Sustainable Conservation, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary as co-issuer. Proceeds from the offering will be used primarily to increase the scale of its "Working Forest Fund" conservation initiative, dedicated to mitigating climate change, strengthening rural economies and protecting natural ecosystems by the permanent conservation of at-risk forest landscapes.

Weyerhaeuser to Sell Michigan Timberlands

Weyerhaeuser Company today announced an agreement to sell its 555,000 acres of Michigan timberlands to Lyme Great Lakes Holding LLC, an affiliate of The Lyme Timber Company LP, for $300 million in cash. "This transaction in our Northern region encompasses a diverse mix of hardwood and softwood acres and is part of our ongoing effort to strategically optimize our timberlands portfolio," said Devin W. Stockfish, president and chief executive officer of Weyerhaeuser.
Commentary

What is the Tropical Forest Standard? An Expert Explains

"In an historic decision, the California Air Resources Board voted to adopt the Tropical Forest Standard on September 19, 2019, securing the state’s legacy as an environmental leader on a global scale for generations to come. This Standard provides a blueprint for allowing tropical forest protection initiatives to be included in the state’s programs to cut climate-warming carbon emissions."
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New Grant Program Seeks Private Investment in Our National Forests

“Our National Forests are a priceless resource for all citizens,” said Mary Mitsos, President and CEO at the National Forest Foundation. “They provide rural jobs, wood, water, and other forest products, outstanding recreation opportunities, habitat for fish and wildlife — the list goes on and on. This new partnership and grant program will attract private sector funding that will help the Forest Service and their partners address pressing management challenges.”
Commentary

Forests, Farms, and the Global Carbon Sink: How Developing Countries Put Forests on the Climate Agenda

Nearly a quarter of all the greenhouse gases emitted by humans come from the way we manage our forests, farms and fields, yet the Kyoto Protocol offered little in the way of tools for financing forest conservation. That began to change when developing countries introduced the concept of REDD+ in 2005, at year-end climate talks in Montreal.