Developing a Project: Industry Forest Owners

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 11:30am

You Get What You Pay For: A Timberland Investor’s Perspective on Forest Carbon Offsets and Evolving Carbon Markets

Many have looked to forest carbon offsets as a key solution to address climate change. However, forest carbon projects have been criticized for not delivering additionality. This presentation will cover the opportunities and challenges facing forest carbon offest markets in the US.

Jim Hourdequin - Chief Executive Officer, The Lyme Timber Company

Jim joined The Lyme Timber Company in 2005 and leads the Company’s investment and business strategies. Over the past 18 years, he has managed the acquisition of over 1.6 million acres of timberland throughout the US and Canada. Jim has expertise in structuring transactions that combine conservation outcomes with income yields from sustainable timber harvesting. He has led Lyme’s focus on strategic supply chain investments, including sawmills, logging businesses, and log marketing operations. Prior to Lyme, Jim co-founded Long View Forest Inc., a logging and forestry services business based in Vermont, where he remains involved as an owner and member of the management team. He serves on the Board of the National Alliance of Forest Owners, the Finance Committee for the Montshire Museum of Science, and was a founding board member of the Center for Woodlands Education, publisher of Northern Woodlands. Jim earned an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. cum laude in Biology from Dartmouth College.