Carbon Sequestration

Community Development Agency

What Can You Do?

  • Support local farms that produce products in a sustainable way
    The Marin Carbon Project, comprised of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), Marin Resource Conservation District (MRCD), UC Cooperative Extension, and the Carbon Cycle Institute is working with local farms to develop and advance climate-friendly practices like rotational grazing, stream restoration, and methane capture. By eating food from Marin farms, you are supporting practices that are actively sequestering carbon. Learn more about these farms and their practices and buying local food at Grown in Marin and at MALT.
  • Opt outside!
    Spend time in one of Marin’s state or local parks to experience how protected open space is actively sequestering carbon while providing recreational opportunities to Californians. Learn more at Marin County Parks and at the National Parks Service (Point Reyes National Seashore).
  • Plant a tree!
    Afforestation – increased tree crops – creates a carbon sink, drawing in and holding on to carbon and distributing it into the soil. Additionally, trees provide shading and can help keep buildings and equipment cooler, reducing energy use. Planting native species supports biodiversity, can help reduce localized flooding impacts (trees absorb water), and can even provide food and medicine for people. Learn more about local efforts to increase tree plantings at 10,000 Redwoods. Find out what trees are best for our climate at Marin Master Gardeners.
  • Consider vermicomposting
    Vermicompost or worm castings, is the excrement left behind by worms after they digest organic matter. Vermicompost is incredibly nutrient rich and contains minerals needed to strengthen soil health without odor, pests, or vermin. This compost can act as a buffer in soil where the pH levels are too high or low and can help extract toxins and harmful fungi and bacteria from the soil. Find out how to start vermicomposting at home or work at Common Compost and learn more about the process at CalRecycle.

What is the County Doing?

  • Marin Carbon Project
    The Marin Carbon Project (MCP) is a consortium of leading agricultural institutions and producers in Marin County, university researchers, county and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations that seeks to understand and demonstrate the potential of enhanced carbon sequestration in Marin’s agricultural and rangeland ecosystems. MCP has helped draft 12 carbon farm plans covering 9,054 acres.
  • Marin Resource Conservation District
    The Marin Resource Conservation District (RCD) works to preserve agricultural lands and advance carbon-smart farming practices. The RCD has administered over $20 million dollars in government and private foundation grants for watershed-wide erosion control, creek restoration, and road repair projects.
  • Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT)
    Conserving agricultural land and advancing carbon-smart farming practices, MALT is an important partnership for both ranchers and the climate. MALT is a member-supported non-profit that permanently protects working farms in Marin County by purchasing agricultural conservation easements on farmlands that prohibit non-agricultural residential and commercial development, subdivisions, or other uses that do not promote sustainable agriculture.