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Nearly 80% of woodlands in the Chesapeake are owned by families and businesses. This means that much of the clean air and water, wildlife habitat, jobs, and other benefits are provided by private woodland owners. To help maintain and enhance these benefits, many governments, private foundations, and businesses offer financial incentives to woodland owners to manage their woods.

The Woodland Crediting Platform is designed to ease owner access to these conservation funding opportunities and help them better communicate the benefits that their management actions provide.

The Woodland Crediting Platform is administered by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Forests for the Bay program and was developed by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation with major support from the USDA Forest Service.