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Vermont Organic Maple Sugar Business Thrives in the Family Forest Carbon Program

Katie Taylor, Communications Manager

May 16, 2023

Family Forest Owner Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson (Left) and Tim Johnson (Right) are among 13 Vermont landowners who are enrolled in the Family Forest Carbon Program.

Chris Johnson and his family steward around 450 acres of forestland in Lincoln, Vermont. They eat from the property’s apple trees in the fall, harvest timber for the winter and collect sap for the family’s organic maple syrup operation in the spring.  

Chris was recently featured in an article by the Addison County Independent where he walked the land with the journalist and talked about the Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP). Johnson knew enrolling in FFCP just made good sense for his business and land, “The nice thing is FFCP allowed us to continue the maple sugaring without any changes, so that was huge,” he told the Independent.   

Richard Campbell, AFF’s Director of Product Refinement, was also interviewed and told the Independent, “American Forest Foundation’s hope is to provide landowners with a guaranteed financial income from their forest and personalized technical support every step of the way so that they can care for their woods for generations, creating a healthy environment for themselves and for the planet.” 

Read the full article on Chris and his story at the Addison County Independent.  

Learn more about enrolling in the program by visiting the Family Forest Carbon Program website.

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