Press Release
EFM partners with L&C Carbon to tackle US forest carbon opportunities

For Immediate Release

July 14th, 2023

EFM and L&C Carbon announce strategic partnership to address US forest carbon market

EFM Investments & Advisory LLC (EFM) and L&C Carbon are excited to announce the launch of a long-term, strategic partnership to develop and manage carbon projects on U.S. forestland. L&C’s founder David Ford will be working with EFM to provide the dedicated capacity necessary to develop high-quality carbon projects across EFM’s portfolio. David’s leadership and technical expertise will support continued innovation and policy development at both firms and continue to raise the bar for the forest carbon sector. EFM’s investment platform and portfolio of over 150,000 acres in the Western U.S. will allow both firms to learn and explore new opportunities in biochar markets, reforestation, and improved forest management among other natural climate solutions.

This strategic partnership is the culmination of an existing 2 year working relationship that has resulted in the successful implementation of one of the first ACR IFM projects in the state of California that recently issued over 100,000 credits in its first reporting period.

“We could not be more pleased with this closer strategic alignment between our firms” said CEO, Bettina von Hagen, “David’s depth of experience comes at a time when talent is at a premium in the carbon sector. We are convinced that strategic partnerships like this one are the key to continued growth and innovation”.

“A partnership with EFM is a great fit for us because our values align and we have a shared vision about ways to manage forests that contribute to our economy, mitigate climate change, and benefit people through healthy and resilient forests” said David Ford, L&C Carbon’s CEO. “I look forward to expanding our collaborative work with a women-led management team who brings new and creative thinking to solve the challenges facing our forests.”

Portland, Oregon-based EFM invests in Natural Climate Solutions across the Americas to create long-term financial value and enduring environmental and social impact. Our U.S. forestland funds focus on acquiring industrially managed forests in the Western US and transforming them to FSC-certified properties using climate-smart management. EFM believes managing forests to co-produce environmental services like carbon alongside high-quality timber leads to a differentiated investment strategy and a more valuable asset.

Oregon-based L&C Carbon provides carbon consulting expertise and unlocking new income opportunities to landowners of certified well-managed forestland. Our service includes assisting forest owners in generating payments for carbon sequestration and long-term storage resulting from active and sustainable forest management. L&C Carbon is focused on providing its services and opportunities to private forest owners, tribal forest owners, and public sector forests across all 50 states.


EFM invests in natural climate solutions across the Americas to create long-term financial value and enduring environmental and social impact. Our award-winning investment funds enable the transition of landscapes to climate-smart forestry and to more equitable, permanent forms of land ownership. EFM stewards ~130,000 acres under FSC certified management in the western United States and has ~$215M in private capital under management and advisement. Learn more at