The Human Induced Regeneration (HIR) method involves storing carbon in a regenerating native forest by undertaking one of the following activities:
Most of the HIR projects Select Carbon manage involve the activity ‘Managing the timing and extent of grazing’, which aims to manage grazing pressure over time and space to allow areas of native vegetation (with potential to reach forest cover) to regenerate and reach forest cover in a specified timeframe.
Select Carbon is currently partnering with about 60 landholders in three states with HIR projects covering over 8 million ha.
Forest cover in this context is defined as vegetation at 2m or more in height that has a canopy cover of 20% or more by area. Projects must be able to show that grazing pressure (or another eligible suppression, such as clearing or impact of feral animals) suppressed regeneration in the past and that a regeneration of young plants is possible if the suppression activity is reduced or ceased.. If it is reasonable to expect that new grazing management is required to ensure the regeneration continues, an HIR carbon project may be viable.
Select Carbon uses state-of-the-art GIS and remote sensing, simulation modelling and ground-based plots to classify (or stratify) vegetation in existing forest cover, areas with potential to reach forest cover within 15 years, and areas with no potential to reach forest cover. We support landholders and livestock managers to evaluate the suite of eligible management activities. We use customised apps for monitoring and recording, and we coordinate all paperwork, auditing and reporting.
Distinguishing features of HIR projects conducted with Select Carbon are:
New management activities to manage the timing and extent of grazing can include:
Select Carbon (SC) is an authorised representative (CAR 001269062) of Carbon Farmers of Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 33 136 799 221, AFSL 430135). SC is authorised to provide financial services to wholesale clients (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001).