Manage forestland and prairies sufficient to sequester 375,000 tons of CO2 annually by 2050.
Not on track
Emissions from agriculture have remained mostly unchanged since 2015. Forested lands, agricultural lands, and prairie lands have all declined from historic levels due to development pressure, and net emissions from changes in forest cover are trending upwards. The region is not on track to reach targets associated with carbon sequestration or agricultural practices.
Thurston Conservation District offers free technical assistance to assist landowners on how to manage their land, water, crops, livestock, and more to increase farm production and reduce the impacts of farm activities on natural resources.
Reduce emissions from agricultural practices. Agriculture makes up only a small proportion of regional emissions, but farms can reduce that impact with better management of animal waste and reducing reliance on synthetic fertilizer.
Support agricultural practices that sequester carbon. Agriculture land management practices like cover cropping, no-till and minimum tillage, crop rotations, soil amendments, and changes in grazing rotations have been shown to increase the rate of carbon stored in plants and soil. Increasing the use of such regenerative practices among farmers can help offset local emissions from other sectors.
Preserve tree canopy and manage forests and prairies to sequester carbon. Trees and other types of plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it as carbon in vegetation and soil. Conserving existing tree canopy and forest areas and restoring prairies and forested areas that have been cleared can help to offset emissions from other activities, while providing many community benefits such as storing and cleaning water, providing shade to cool urban areas, space for recreation, and habitat for many sensitive species.