‘Eco-timber’ company expands into Northwest

A girl plants an Empress Splendor seedling. The tree can grow to full size in 10 years. Courtesy of Curtis Gobbett/World Tree

By SIERRA DAWN McCLAIN Capital Press

An Arizona-based “eco-timber” company, World Tree USA LLC, is reaching out to farmers in Washington and Oregon, seeking to build a market for carbon stored in trees and produce specialty hardwood on farmers’ land.

Some farmers, like Lori Fults of Garden of Eden LLC in Junction City, Ore., are excited about the opportunity.

Most carbon offset companies pay landowners not to cut down trees; World Tree’s model is different.

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