Tree planting is one way that TIST farmers improve their farms and experience benefits. Some of these are benefits to you, some to your community, some to the environment, and some to all three!
Below are just some of the benefits of planting trees:
Planting trees is at the centre of the TIST Program. Planting trees with TIST contributes to the carbon business, and can also generate carbon money for you and your fellow farmers. In order to understand how TIST trees generate carbon money, you need to know the basics of capturing carbon. Below is a step-by-step explanation of the basics of capturing carbon.
Below are the requirements you must meet in order for a tree to count as part of the program.
When do you plant the tree?
To qualify as a TIST tree, a tree must be planted after joining the TIST program. Trees that are already growing do not qualify as TIST trees.
At what height is a tree eligible?
Trees must also be at least 2 meters tall and the farmer must agree the tree will be maintained for at least 30 years (“Short rotation” trees do not qualify).
How should trees be planted?
To qualify as a TIST tree, proper tree spacing should also be maintained. To
capture carbon, a tree needs to grow large, so trees must be planted with a
2 meter spacing.
Where should trees be planted?
Trees must also be planted on your own land, or with permission from the landowner.
Well done! Now that you have a better understanding of what it means to plant trees with TIST, it is time to learn more about the Carbon Credit Business. In the next section, you will learn more about the carbon cycle, global warming, carbon sequestration, carbon credits, and carbon income, as well as how TIST Farmers play an important role in combatting global climate change.