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New Application Streamlines Effort to Target Ag Lands for Carbon Sequestration

Edwin Muniz

SOMERSET, N.J., Oct. 26, 2021 – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Jersey announces the launch of the statewide AgLand Priority for Carbon Sequestration web application, which illustrates the potential for carbon sequestration on agricultural lands across the state.

The digital map streamlines information by providing spatial distribution of priority areas and sub-watershed delineation boundaries, which will aid in outreach, implementation of conservation practices, the possibility of assigning special funding for initiatives that increase organic matter and subsequently carbon sequestration. An increase in carbon sequestration in the soil can reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, increase soil resilience and health, and ultimately help slow climate change.

“Soil health is our foundational mission and we are delighted to be able to use our own soils data for the development of this important tool in our work to support the conservation efforts of our farmers,” said New Jersey State Conservationist Julie Hawkins. “With it, we’ll be able to better prioritize our work and target funding to help farmers meet their most pressing environmental concerns while continuing to build soil health, sequester carbon and increase climate resilience.”

NRCS and its partners are contributors to making a difference by providing technical and financial assistance in the implementation of conservation practices. This application will be another tool to help improve soil and water quality and increase soil carbon to an optimum level for sustainable production and a balanced ecosystem.

The AgLand Priority for Carbon Sequestration web application is easily accessible on the web and available for public use.  

Application Navigation Instructions:

This application consists of various tools for navigation which are explained next to their corresponding icon below:

Statewide AgLand Priority for Carbon Sequestration web application instructions.