Tri-State hosts Colo. ranchers’ carbon credit event

On May 16th Tri-State’s Mac McLennan, senior vice president of external affairs, was joined by Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter, representatives from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Baca County Conservation District and other state agencies to present a check to Walsh, Colo. ranchers Todd and Mary Randolph for their participation in a agriculture carbon credit program.

The Randolphs are one of two Baca County ranch families who have contracted with Tri-State to take part in this five-year demonstration project in which farmers and ranchers can obtain carbon credits for adopting land management practices that result in reductions or avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions.

“If there is to be federal climate legislation, Tri-State believes the unlimited use of verifiable carbon offsets should be available to utilities in any potential federal cap-and-trade regime,” said McLennan. Under the State of Colorado’s Agriculture Carbon Offset Program, the availability of cost-effective offsets could allow rural communities that Tri-State’s member cooperatives serve to participate in the carbon offset market. The G&T also hosted a barbecue for the town of Walsh, where Gov. Ritter was also on hand to provide a commencement speech to high school graduates.

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