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Dene Kʼéh Kusān Forest Carbon Project

Indigenous-stewarded, scalable, Canadian Improved Forest Management (IFM) carbon credits.

Site photo from the Dene K'éh Kusān Forest IFM Carbon Project
Canadian Caribou found at the Dene K'éh Kusān Forest IFM Carbon Project

About the project.

Phase 1 combines the funding and technical expertise of Invert and Carbonethic with the resources and ancestral stewardship of the Kaska Dena Council Nations to protect 47,077 hectares of the Dene Kʼéh Kusān Forest at risk from logging, other industrial activities, forest fire, and climate change.

The result is North American IFM credits that revolutionize the forest with long-term IFM activities that provide ongoing social and economic benefits to the Kaska Dena Nations people.

REGISTRY BC Carbon Registry
LOCATION British Columbia
Type IFM Avoidance
Credit Vintage 2021 – 2046
Site photo from the Dene K'éh Kusān Forest IFM Carbon Project
Carbon sequestration through conservation.
Meaningful indigenous participation.
Long-term credit generation.

UN SDG highlights.

We Support Protection of Nature

This project makes positive changes to the carbon dynamics of the forest with activities aimed at improving carbon production per hectare while conserving one of the continent’s most expansive and impressive natural resources.

We Support Community

This project goes beyond carbon, providing economic & social benefits to the Kaska Dena people.

We Support Scalability

This project has the potential to expand to over 1 million hectares which, at full capacity, would represent one of the largest IFM projects in the Western Hemisphere. 

Site photo from the Dene K'éh Kusān Forest IFM Carbon Project with Overlay of Map of Canada

About the land.

Dene Kʼéh Kusān Forest is a 3.9 million hectare area in the ancestral and unceded traditional territory of the Kaska Dena peoples in Northern British Columbia, Canada. Largely wilderness, only a few roads cross this region, one of the wildest landscapes on the North American continent.

This area holds some of the continent’s most expansive and impressive landscapes with extensive mountain ranges and wild rivers framing pristine boreal forest watersheds. Large free ranging populations of migrating neo‑tropical songbirds and waterfowl make their home in these terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

About our partner.

Simply put, Carbonethic is a large-scale gardener that works to keep the lungs of our planet healthy. They use cutting-edge technology to create transparent, high-quality carbon credits and sell those credits to big emitters. They invest that money back into the land by partnering with indigenous communities for ongoing land stewardship. 

“Our nature based projects are redefining what forest improvement and conservation looks like. We’re moving past performative ESG to authentic change where companies partner in the long term success of the land.” – Brent Tolmie, CEO Carbonethic 

Site photo from the Dene K'éh Kusān Forest IFM Carbon Project with Carbonethic logo overlay
Site photo from the Dene K'éh Kusān Forest IFM Carbon Project

About the Kaska Dena Council.

The Kaska Nation is comprised of five Kaska First Nations, three in British Columbia (Daylu Dena Council, Dease River First Nation, and Kwadacha First Nation) and two in the Yukon (Ross River Dena Council and Liard First Nation). 

Formed in 1981, the purpose of the Kaska Dena Council is to advance the interests of Kaska individuals who are living within the traditional territory of 24 million hectares spanning three provinces and territories (British Columbia, Yukon, and Northwest Territories). Their mission is to promote and protect respect for the land and cultural heritage of the Kaska Dena while fostering a community environment wherein all Kaska people can enjoy physical and spiritual health and live with dignity and pride.

Peek inside the project.

Dive deep into the project.

This project employs the BC Forest Carbon Offset Protocol Version 2.0 which sets out the instructions on how to quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and sink enhancements from forest sequestration and storage activities. The protocol establishes project requirements for forest carbon offset projects, including the development of a project plan, as well as validation and verification requirements.

This project leverages the latest Carbonethic technologies to create a digital twin of the physical forest – a virtual model that can be adjusted in a digital environment to understand trends and impacts through machine learning and A.I. – to provide the highest degree of reliability in the origination of trusted carbon credits at scale.

A core part of the mitigation efforts is to rapidly identify where fires are occurring on the project lands and dispatch resources to these fires. The project utilizes remote sensing for early detection of wildfires including Carbonethic Skyfront Perimeter 8 long endurance hybrid-gas electric drones and Workswell Wiris FLIR cameras.

Carbon Connect Enterprise Strategies (CarbonEthic’s timberland manager and carbon Project Implementation Partner) employs a full suite of biogeographic and forest inventory data in a Geographic Information System for the entire ownership, including detailed data on topography; soils; hydrology, streams, wetlands and riparian systems; non-forest areas such as roads; provincial ecosystem mapping, and VRI-derived forest inventory, etc. This data can be used to demonstrate and summarize the current land and forest conditions (and infer the prior conditions) in detail on each of the project instances.

The BC Carbon Registry enables the issuance, transfer and retirement of compliance units, including offset units that can be used by regulated operations to meet requirements or by the B.C. government to satisfy its carbon neutral commitments.

Read more about the BC Carbon Registry.

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