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Carbon Sequestration Certification Program
Carbon Pilot Program
In 2008 the Conservation Commission initiated a carbon pilot program in cooperation with Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD), and Conservation Districts in Blaine, Canadian, and Dewey county. The pilot program is being conducted in conjunction with the North Canadian River Water Quality Project, whose goal is to improve the water quality of the river between Canton Dam and Lake Overholser by reducing polluted runoff from land.
The pilot program uses paired financial incentives from carbon offset payments and water quality program cost share monies to encourage participation in both the carbon pilot and the water quality project. The purchase of the carbon offsets rewards landowners for their improved land management practices that store carbon dioxide and improve water quality. Through their aggregator, OACD, WFEC is paying ag producers $3.50 per metric ton of carbon dioxide when they implement the following conservation practices: no-till farming, grassland management, rangeland management, or riparian protection. OACD is aggregating offsets for WFEC at no cost to landowners. The Conservation Commission is verifying the offsets at no cost to landowners.
As part of the pilot program agreement, WFEC is also funding soil carbon research in the North Canadian River Watershed conducted by Oklahoma State University. All pilot program partners are working together to raise additional funds to expand soil carbon research in Oklahoma. Learn more about how managing land for carbon sequestration also protects water quality. If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring a similar project, contact the Commission at 405-522-4739.
Last Modified on 09/09/2010
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