About Carbon Catalyst
Carbon Catalyst is a partnership program between the professional consulting forester, DroneSeed, and private family forest landowners.
We provide funding and regeneration services in as little as 3 months post-fire. This effort is backed by verified carbon credits that put money in landowners’ pockets within 2 years.
We achieve this timeline with high demand items such as local seed and seedlings delivered by hand and F.A.A-Certified Drones. All ready to go through the largest private seedbank in the West.
Up to 5 projects will be approved for the 2021 wildfire season across CA, OR, and WA. We need your help locating eligible landowners and improving this program.
Refer eligible landowners and earn a finder’s fee and up to $20,000
Access to the largest private seedbank in the West
Help your landowner recover quickly from tragedy
Significant returns of hundreds to thousands of dollars per acre
Get ahead of weeds by starting to reseed within 90 days of a wildfire
Funding options available for landowners with limited financing
Wildfire is an increasing concern, especially for California landowners. The Foundation strongly supports new innovations like DroneSeed to assist foresters for family forest landowners in rapidly responding post-fire.
Chantz Joyce, California Conservation Manager,
American Forest Foundation
How it works*
A fire occurs in CA, WA, or OR in 2021
A forester finds an affected landowner
DroneSeed works with forester to qualify landowner
Forester is paid for referring qualified landowner
Forester is paid larger fee upon landowner signing
Up to $20,000 at $50/acre
Who qualifies for Carbon Catalyst?*
- 200+ acres of forest in CA, OR, or WA
- Land affected by fire this 2021 wildfire season
- Will plant site-appropriate native tree species
- Able to commit to storing carbon over the long term
Easements significantly increase landowner return*Subject to the Carbon Catalyst Program Terms.
Who’s done it already?
Funding wildfire recovery with carbon credits has been practiced by these groups, and is now ready for family forest landowners and consulting foresters.
Gained $471k with ~2,900 acres under a carbon credit futures project.
Funded 100k acres of tree planting, while providing socio-economic benefits.
Set aside 4k acres to generate ~$1.2M in revenue for their community.
Turned unrepairable land into thousands of acres for multiple projects.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Carbon Catalyst?
Lack of funding and seed continue to be some of the biggest barriers to post-wildfire reforestation, amplified by the sheer scale of wildfires. DroneSeed has launched this program to kickstart reforestation, with immediate funding of a limited number of carbon credit projects. This solution is strengthened with our seed supply (the largest private seedbank in the West), and our partnership with a carbon credit broker providing a guaranteed buyer.
DroneSeed is becoming a one-stop-shop, offering a full suite for reforestation needs – from seed, nursery seedlings, and rapid wildfire response using our drone-seeding technology.
The Carbon Catalyst program benefits consulting foresters, family forest landowners, and their communities with funding, reforestation, and significant financial returns through proceeds from carbon credit futures.
The program utilizes Climate Action Reserve’s Climate Forward protocol, issuing credits based on future emission reductions, meaning proceeds are earned within 18-24 months as opposed to several decades. The most optimal and lucrative outcome for landowners is to put 20% of the project under a conservation easement as this pays for the remaining 80% of the reforestation project, perhaps more.
This sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?
DroneSeed’s mission is to make reforestation scalable. We are a team of foresters, nursery professionals, biologists, and engineers passionate about reforestation and helping landowners recover from devastating wildfires. Our team has helped countless landowners, collectively reforesting tens of thousands of acres, and are pioneers in carbon project development.
We are putting forth significant funding for pilot projects to start the feedback loop now. We want to grow this program with foresters, learn, and build the necessary relationships and trust needed to expand next year.
How does this program benefit the landowner?
In addition to the benefits received from DroneSeed’s traditional offering, with this new program, landowners will have access to funding to be able to reforest their land after a wildfire at unprecedented speed, generally within 90 days of the event. They will also benefit from the proceeds generated from carbon credit futures. This means not just payment for the reforestation, but potential returns on a scale of hundreds to thousands of dollars per acre.
What are my responsibilities as a professional forester?
Our main ask is referrals to projects in your network, facilitated through the survey on this website. We also expect you will want to guide the landowner or land manager as needed throughout the process, for example with review of our proposals. DroneSeed works at each step, including setting up easements and securing a carbon credit buyer.
What happens if my project doesn’t qualify, or isn’t selected?
We will still help as much as possible. DroneSeed has access to the largest private seedbank and capital in the West. Even if it doesn’t work out for this project, we will ensure we do what we can to assist with other aspects of the reforestation pipeline.
What is the cost to the landowner?
DroneSeed’s pricing is competitive with industry standards, and the Carbon Catalyst projects are heavily subsidized. We acknowledge that immediate funding for reforestation is a challenge, and want to work with landowners to find an agreement that will work for them. Qualified projects will receive a proposal that includes a pricing model with different payment options. The more the landowner is willing to provide upfront, the more returns from carbon credits they will receive in the future.
Droneseed Carbon Catalyst Program Terms for 2021 marketing campaign
Participation requires: (1) application and acceptance into Carbon Catalyst Program; and (2) execution of Carbon Catalyst Agreement provided by DroneSeed (“Program Agreement”).
Finder’s Fee subject to DroneSeed’s acceptance of eligible landowners you refer, and the Program Agreement terms.
You cannot refer, and no Finder’s Fee or Bonus is payable in the case of, yourself as a landowner or a landowner you are employed by or are an agent, representative, or other intermediary of.
Bonus subject to a landowner you refer executing a reforestation services contract with DroneSeed and varies based upon the size of such contract, per the Program Agreement terms. Only 5 Bonuses available for distribution among all Carbon Catalyst Program participants.
DroneSeed makes no guarantee or representation regarding future earnings, or that you will make any specific amount of money, or any money at all, from the Carbon Catalyst Program.
$20,000 Bonus represents the maximum Bonus potentially available, per project, from the Carbon Catalyst Program and participants may earn less. Due to 5 total Bonus limit, among all participants, no Bonus may be available at the time a landowner you refer executes a reforestation services contract with DroneSeed.