By WENDY STIVER
LOCK HAVEN - The city is only the second landowner in the United States to sign up with the Working Woodlands Program.
Available through The Nature Conservancy, the program is designed to ensure the 5,200 acres of the city's watershed endure as healthy forest land with healthy waterways.
On Monday, City Council affirmed the program agreements.
The watershed contains numerous native brook trout streams, valley and ridgetop forests and a stand of old-growth hemlock and mixed hardwood forest, according to The Nature Conservancy.
The Working Woodlands Program will have the acreage certified so the city can market the forest's natural "carbon credits." Companies, including those in other countries, must buy carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.
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