From June 27th through July 3rd, Steve Dettman, Director of Forestry for Era Ecosystem Services traveled to the western border dividing Belize from Guatemala for the final verification of the Laguna Seca REDD+ project.
This project is being developed by the Forestland Group
, a renowned US forest timber investment management organization (TIMO), on approximately 8,300 hectares of their managed forests.
managed the field inventory across this property that measured tree diameters, heights, and calculated carbon storage for the entire project area.
In order to evaluate the accuracy of this work, Steve Dettman lead a group of reviewers from ANSI, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and Environmental Services Inc. through the jungle to a variety of locations to identify local tree species, remeasure their diameters and heights, and review the GHG calculations.
Along the way, the group saw troops of spider monkeys, flocks of the endangered ocellated turkey, and cougars.