Carbon Offset

  • Purchase carbon offsets and reduce your carbon footprint!

    Most simply, a carbon offset is a reduction of carbon emissions to compensate for emissions made elsewhere. Carbon offsets help lower your carbon impact in a way that is quantified and verified.

    One Tree Planted's carbon offset program ensures your carbon reduction efforts are registered, while also providing benefits for nature, people, and biodiversity. Your purchase will increase total carbon stores via protection of a mature forest, conservation-based forest management, and regular audits to measure carbon. Other benefits include preservation of local water quality, habitat for wildlife species, and a healthy forest that's open to the public for nature-based recreation. In partnership with Bluesource and The Nature Conservancy. 16-20 tons is the average annual emissions for someone in North America.
  • This carbon offset project works with the Nature Conservancy in Vermont and their recently conserved Burnt Mountain Natural Area, a 5,408-acre forest parcel that will remain "forever wild" for the benefit of nature and people. Located near state parks, privately owned and conserved lands, and the Long Trail State Forest, this project helps create an 11,000-acre block of continuous forest that will be protected in perpetuity. Burnt Mountain will be maintained and managed as part of The Nature Conservancy in Vermont’s 58-natural area network which is open to the public for hiking, fishing and hunting, while retaining and improving ecological integrity.
  • A personalized certificate (see gallery) indicating your purchase of offsets. The certificate verifies that your purchase will be registered with the American Carbon Registry. One Tree Planted retires carbon credits through this process on a monthly basis and we will send you the registration number via email within approximately 30 days of your purchase.
  • While there is no substitute for directly reducing your carbon emissions, purchasing offsets - and thereby protecting a mature forest - can help you reduce your carbon footprint, and even go carbon neutral.

    Carbon offsets are voluntary buy-ins that allow you to trade your hard earned dollars for the ability to offset some or all of your carbon footprint. In this case, it is through conserving large swaths of forest in order to ensure that a quantifiable amount of carbon will be sequestered by this forest. In addition to carbon-specific benefits, you are also protecting a natural forest to continue providing health and habitats for local wildlife and residents.


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Carbon offsets are informed by the concept that reducing greenhouse gas emissions in any area is worthwhile. They allow you to pay to reduce GHGs to make up for some or all of your own personal emissions. And because GHGs integrate easily into the atmosphere and spread quickly around the planet, paying to reduce carbon—even if it is on another continent— is a win for the planet. One of our favorite ways to lower global carbon emissions is by—you guessed it—planting trees. In fact, one mature tree can store up to 45 pounds of carbon annually (Kohl et al, 2017). However, that takes time, with an average of 15 years before a tree sequesters a significant amount of carbon. So while reforestation is our thing, we also recognize the vital importance of forest conservation—or, saving forests from being deforested in the first place. To this end, we also support the conservation of existing mature forests that includes verification of carbon sequestration and the measurement of other ecosystem benefits.

Below is the step-by-step process to offsetting your carbon emissions:

step-by-step process to offsetting your carbon emissions
Sustainable Development Goals
SDG - Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG - Climate Action
SDG - Life on Land

This carbon offset project is based in the Burnt Mountain region in Vermont, in partnership with Bluesource and The Nature Conservancy's Working Woodlands program.

Improving Water Quality


Burnt Mountain Natural Area hosts important headwater streams that provide drinking water to approximately 250,000 people. The Calavale Brook restoration project is further improving water quality and instream habitat for native brook trout and a variety of other fish species.

Forest Conservation


The Burnt Mountain Project is the largest carbon offset project in the state of Vermont, and it is estimated that it will remove 236,772 tCO2e from the atmosphere in the first decade—the equivalent of taking 38,000 cars off the road. Revenue from the carbon will support additional forest conservation in Vermont.

Protect Biodiversity


Over twenty-five species of neo-tropical migratory songbirds breed in the Burnt Mountain forest, as does wildlife such as moose and black bear that are dependent on this intact forest to find food and mates. TNC management of this land under the “forever wild” easement will ensure that old growth once again
exists in northern Vermont.