Audubon forest in SC sells carbon credits

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A forest and black water swamp in South Carolina is helping companies in California meet their carbon emission goals to ease global warming.

A total of 5,200 acres of the 17,000-acre Francis Beidler Forest near Harleyville have been registered with California's cap and trade program as carbon offsets.

The program not only helps California companies but also brings dollars to help preserve the South Carolina landscape.

Scientists surveyed the forest and determined it has 450,000 metric tons of carbon that have been registered as credits.

Norman Brunswig, the executive director of Audubon South Carolina, says half those credits have been sold since they were registered last year. And, he says, the money is going into an endowment that will support the forest indefinitely.

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