Steven J. Hollenhorst¹ and Howard L. Sharfstein²

Summary

We propose an institutional framework, organizational design, and financing system — based on current law and markets — to acquire and secure legal rights to subterranean and biogenic carbon reserves on behalf of the public, including future generations. A network of non-profit organizations called “carbon conservation trusts” will work with landholders to protect and enhance their carbon reserves and decarbonize their operations in exchange for financial compensation or a share of validated carbon credits.

Combining elements of (i) land trusts, (ii) workforce development programs, (iii) cooperative extension, and (iv) green finance, carbon trusts will secure non-possessory interests in carbon reserves…


Today Lisa Wolcott shuttled me up to Plummer Idaho where we rode the Trail of te Coeur d’Alene toward Wallace. Lisa rode out with me for about 32 miles before heading back.


June 19–21, 2021. I’ve been hanging out in Moscow Idaho resting, fixing gear, and planning the next phase of the trip. I thought it would be a good time to answer questions I’ve received about the trip:

Why are you doing this?

I’ve long been interested in the travels of the explorer David Thompson (1770–1857). Thompson was the greatest chronicler of his day of the landscapes, peoples and nature of the Northwest U.S. and Western Canada. He was often accompanied by Charlotte Small, his Cree wife and many of their children. …


June 18, 2021. This morning Herman gave me a lift around the endless trail detours down to the Revere grain elevator. We packed up the canoe, bike, and gear on the back of the F-350 flatbed, and off we went.

On the way, Herman told me about history of the area, the current challenges farmers and ranchers face with climate change (“it’s the real deal”, he said), and the relentless loss of family farms as the land is gobbled up by huge farming businesses.

From the Revere elevator it was relatively flat gravel roads along Rock Creek to the town…


June 18, 2021. This morning Herman gave me a lift around the endless trail detours down to the Revere grain elevator. We packed up the canoe, bike, and gear on the back of the F-350 flatbed, and off we went.

On the way, Herman told me about history of the area, the current challenges farmers and ranchers face with climate change (“it’s the real deal”, he said), and the relentless loss of family farms as the land is gobbled up by huge farming businesses.

From the Revere elevator it was relatively flat gravel roads along Rock Creek to the town…


June 17, 2021. This morning I rode through the relatively flat agricultural landscapes around Othello, WA. The economy and landscape are dominated by dryland farming, mostly wheat, lentils, and canola.


june 16, 2021. Well that was a tough day. I got up early and starting the climb to Boylston pass.

The further I went, the worse the trail became. At some points I had to walk and push/pull my rig. I don’t recommend this section of trail to anybody, even with big fat tires.

On other side of the pass it was 20 miles downhill to the Columbia River. At the River, the Milwaukee Road Bridge still is there, but it’s being renovated for bikes.


June 15, 2021. This morning I left Easton State Park and travelled a lovely trail to Cle Elem. The trail is slightly downhill following the Yakima River.

In Cle Elem there is a cool Milwaukie Road Railway Station.


June 14, 2021. Sixty miles uphill from Duvall to Snoqualmie Pass and then 18 miles slightly downhill to Eastin WA. On the lower sections I moved along at about 10 mph, but it slowed considerably to about 5.5 for the last 35 miles to the summit.

Pouring rain most of the way and muddy trails, but I moved along okay for day 2. At the summit there was a 2 mile tunnel over the divide.

steve hollenhorst

Professor and Dean: Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. Founder: McCall Outdoor Science School and the West Virginia Land Trust.

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