Offset Your Flight and Support Healthier Virginia Forests
By Michael Lipford, The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia State Director
Here in Virginia, where 90 percent of our citizens rate the protection of natural areas as important, our winning combination of coasts, mountains and forests bring millions of tourist dollars to our state. I understand the attraction – whenever I can, I enjoy hunting, fishing, swimming and hiking here too.
We are honored that passengers on Delta Air Lines now have the opportunity to offset their flight’s carbon footprint by donating to our sustainable forest management project through The Nature Conservancy’s Voluntary Carbon Offset Program.
Our Clinch Valley project in the Appalachian Mountains is the latest Conservancy project to provide forest carbon offsets for Delta’s customers – the other is the Rio Bravo Climate Action Project in Belize – helping to reduce or slow the consequences of climate change and protect forests and the natural services they provide.
The free-flowing rivers of Clinch Valley harbor the nation’s highest concentration of imperiled fish and freshwater mussels. Above these ancient rivers, rare plants cling to cliffs and slopes and long-forested ridges provide refuge for migratory birds, black bears and other wildlife.
The Clinch Valley Conservation Forestry Program has measured the additional carbon dioxide stored by its improved forest management across 22,052 acres in southwestern Virginia, and in June 2013 became the first forest carbon project in the state to be verified and registered to the rigorous standards of the Climate Action Reserve.
Offsetting your carbon footprint with The Nature Conservancy will help fund forest conservation, improved forest management or replanting of degraded forests that produce measurable benefits to the atmosphere … and the plants, animals and people that rely on these forests. And those are benefits for us all.
About Delta’s involvement with TNC:
In 2007, Delta became the first airline to launch a year-round carbon offset program. Today, the airline works with The Nature Conservancy to provide customers the opportunity to fund the retirement of carbon credits on delta.com, offsetting the carbon dioxide associated with their travel. Delta customers can look for the “Greener Way to Fly” banner at the bottom of their ticket purchase confirmation page. Delta’s CEO Richard Anderson and other executives offset the emissions from all flights they took in 2012.
To learn more, visit: delta.com/responsibility
Calculate your trip’s emissions using the Delta Carbon Emissions Calculator