Forested Valley

Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project, British Columbia

Shell has sourced a portion of CO2 credits within Canada from the Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project, an initiative of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. This project has been validated and verified in accordance with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) and under the SD Vista sustainable development framework.

Darkwoods is a forested conservation area that was at risk of being intensively harvested before it was conserved by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Now its mature and old-growth forests will remain standing. Its lakes and rivers will stay clean and the land will continue to support a wide diversity of plants and animals. The conservation area connects to an existing network of parks and wildlife management areas. This creates a larger protected area where wide-ranging animals like grizzly bears and wolverines can roam freely.

It’s estimated that more than 5 million tonnes of carbon are stored in Darkwoods, and more CO2 continues to be absorbed each year. The conservation area is also:

  • Home to more than 35 species at risk;
  • Connected to 17 watersheds, which provide freshwater to nearby communities;
  • Creating active employment for the local community through forest management activities;
  • Highly valued by people in the surrounding communities who use it for wilderness recreation

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