This project — developed and implemented by Bluesource — spans Holyoke, Westfield, and West Springfield, focused on carbon sequestration as well as sustainable forestry management.
- Located in the Lower Connecticut River Valley, the properties are currently managed for watershed services, timber production and recreation.
- The cities will achieve Forest Stewardship Council certification of their forests for the first time, helping further ensure long-term environmental and economic sustainability.
- Collaboration to protect a combined 17,000-acre of public forest land consisting of hardwoods, spruce-fir, and other shrub species to sustainably capture and sequester large quantities of greenhouse gas.
Key Project Impacts
- The project reduces emissions by an approximate 37,500 metric tons of CO2e per year.
The Tri-City Forest project aids emission reductions through enhanced sequestration relative to baseline forest management. The sustainable timber harvesting practiced in this project helps create a better, more sustainable forest to be enjoyed by many more generations.
The forests around the river act as natural water filters and purify the water for all who use it. The project protects and supports the many surrounding water-related ecosystems.
The forest management practices of the Tri-City project provide critical habitat for many mammals, birds, and plants such as the mountain laurel and rhodora.
This project actively supports the following Global Goals for Sustainable Development: