Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Carbon Project

Supporting the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, mitigating emissions and advancing sustainable development


Reducing emissions that support the Indigenous community economically and culturally while safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystems

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Forest Carbon Project area is located on approximately 15,356 acres of forests in Upper Peninsula Michigan. This project mitigates emissions by using improved forest management techniques to maintain forest CO2 stocks above the regional baseline, providing significant climate benefits through carbon sequestration while supporting the Indigenous community as well as investing in the sustainable development of the region.

Established in 1936, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is one of the four original member tribes in Michigan that founded the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. The forest consists of northern hardwoods like maple and yellow birch, as well as hemlock and pines. By transitioning from aggressive forest management methodologies to long-term sustainable practices that focus on natural forest growth, control of invasive species, and diversification of age classes, this project protects the area and increases its ability to mitigate emissions that would otherwise be subject to significant commercial timber harvesting.

Project Status:

ACR – Registered


Tribal lands of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan, USA


16,800 acres

Project Type:

Improved Forest Management

Estimated Total Emissions Reductions

2,066,293 tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

13/02/2019 12/02/2039

Community Impact:

First Nation led conservation and sustainable livelihoods

Climate Benefits and Community Impact

The project provides biodiversity benefits by protecting degraded ecosystems together with sustainable co-benefits for the region and Native communities that include, in addition to carbon sequestration:


By sustainably managing the forest, this project protects the habitats of the animals that live there and animals in the greater region, ensuring they have a safe place to flourish


Water quality is also improved via this project’s activities, as sustainable forest management reduces soil erosion and on-point source water pollution.


This project also gives the region an economic boost by maintaining the recreational opportunities that generate tourism, an important revenue stream for the local economy. Simultaneously, the proceeds from the sales of the carbon credits this project generates create a new revenue stream for the landowners.

Sunset Autumn drive through the tunnel of Trees in Michigan Upper Peninsula UP - Highway 41  M26 Aerial view


Verification: This project is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard


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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

GOAL 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation

GOAL 11 – Sustainable Cities & Communities

GOAL 8 –  Decent Work & Economic Growth

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 9 –  Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

GOAL 15-  Life on Land



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Eric currently works as an independent consultant at the intersection of nature and climate, focused on catalysing market and non-market solutions to drive the just transition.

He previously was Head of Product at Earthshot Labs, supporting nature conservation and restoration projects across the global south secure project finance. Prior to Earthshot Labs, Eric led nature-based carbon project development for Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique and founded the Carbon Cooperative, a global alliance of leading nature conservation and restoration practitioners exploring carbon finance. After serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique out of university, he spent much of his 20s working in community-based conservation and ecosystem restoration efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa interspersed with two startup ventures as co-founder and CEO of a mental health tech startup and COO of a sustainable coffee company. Eric has a dual Masters in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policy from Stanford University where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.

Alan is a risk management thought-leader, superconnector, and FinTech pioneer. His mission is to enable an Earth Positive economy which includes nature in global accounting systems.

Alan is Founder of Generation Blue, a venture studio dedicated to planetary game changers powered by exponential technologies. Previously, Alan established Natural Capital Markets at Lykke AG, pioneering blockchain based forestry and carbon backed tokens. Alan has over two decades of risk management experience advising global financial institutions, and was a founding member of the RiskMetrics Group, a JPMorgan spin-off. Alan is an investor and advisor to regenerative impact ventures, including TreeBuddy.Earth, Regenativ, and Vlinder Climate.

Lori Whitecalf made history when she became the first woman to be elected Chief of Sweetgrass First Nation in 2011. She served three terms of office from 2011-2017.  

Lori took a two-year hiatus from leadership to expand the family ranch and serve as the FSIN Senior Industry Liaison. She was re-elected on November 29. 2019 and again on November 30, 2021, as Chief of Sweetgrass. Chief Whitecalf practises a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and gathering. She currently sits on the following boards: Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology, FSIN Lands and Resource Commission, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre and Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Executive Council, FSIN Women’s Commission.

Tina is the Chief Business Officer for MLTC Industrial Investments, the Economic Development arm of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. She has a diverse background of experience. Having spent 15 years as a municipal Chief Operating Officer, 20 years involved in Saskatchewan’s Health Authority Board Keewatin Yatthe and 9 years with Northern Lights Board of Education. 


She continues as a Board Member with Beaver River Community Futures supporting small business development in her home region. Tina brings a wealth of experience in a variety of fields and many connections to the Indigenous communities of Northern Saskatchewan. In addition Tina holds a BA Advanced from the U of S, a Certificate in Local Government Authority from the U of R and is certified as a Professional Economic Developer for Saskatchewan and a certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED).

Tootoosis’ career spans 40+ years in HRM, political leadership, and Indigenous economic development, as a dedicated bridge builder and advocate for Indigenous causes.
As a key member of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) team since 2021, he develops strategies for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report and Call to Action #92.

He is a graduate of the First Nations University of Canada and a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. Spearheading various community initiatives while serving as a Chair of the SIEDN while directing ILDII and WIBF. Founder of MGT Consulting Tootoosis is based in Saskatoon, Treaty Six Territory.

Cy Standing (Wakanya Najin in Dakota) has a long and distinguished career including serving overseas as an Electronics Technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force, former Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation, former Vice Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations (FSIN), past Executive Director of Community Development Branch of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan as well as an Order in Council appointment to the Federal Parole Board.  

Mr. Standing has served as a Director on many Profit and Non-Profit Corporate Boards, including serving as a Director for Affinity Credit Union with assets of over six billion dollars as well as IMI Brokerage and Wanuskewin and is currently a member of the One Tribe Indigenous Carbon Board.