The Earth Partners LP is a land management and bioenergy company developing next-generation projects to restore marginal and degraded lands. Our unique “land and fiber” approach finds hidden value and risk mitigation opportunities in feedstock procurement for bioenergy projects—an approach the company has termed conservation biomass. The company works across diverse ecosystems, including degraded rangelands and grasslands, diseased forests, and improved management of plantation forests. The Earth Partners LP aims to become a major global feedstock and bioenergy producer, enabling some of the largest privately-funded land restoration projects in the world.
The Earth Partners recognizes that increasing demand for food security, clean air, fresh water, and biodiversity all provide business opportunities for land-scale ecosystem restoration. We are proud to be in the business of increasing the land’s productivity, reducing erosion, improving water management, increasing biodiversity, mitigating the impact of climate change, and reviving rural economies and communities.
The real challenge of The Earth Partners is doing well by doing good. Our science-based, innovative solutions are proving scalable models for investors who seek to achieve commercial returns and to restore earth systems.
Our comparative advantage stems from:
- Our unique experience: the TEP team bridges the gap between financial investors who lack the ecological/scientific understanding, and scientists who struggle with uncertainty and execution risk. Our relationships span the financial, scientific, policy, and landowner communities. Our principals have financed over $750 million in renewable energy and low carbon projects, managed over $500 million in on-the-ground restoration projects, and authored hundreds of technical studies and policy papers, several of which have influenced the development of environmental markets.
- Our operating partner companies: we are able to source and develop projects through the international reputation and experience of our operating partners, Applied Ecological Services and Brinkman & Associates Reforestation.
- Our understanding of policy: TEP’s on-the-ground activities help inform some of the critical regulatory issues concerning bioenergy policy and sustainable land use together with the USDA, EPA, BLM, U.S. Congress, federal and state entities, the Canadian government, and NGOs.
- Our efficient and low cost resource utilization: TEP’s unique organizational model provides us with access to experienced project managers, technicians, engineers, and scientists on an as-needed basis for project screening, feasibility work, design, and implementation.
Soil is one of the largest stores of carbon on earth, and soil carbon is one of the most important factors in determining soil fertility and health. We believe that soil carbon should play a vital role in agricultural policy and markets. Because of this, TEP has developed a comprehensive Soil Carbon Quantification Methodology, which has been tested and refined on-the-ground on over twenty sites across more than four countries. Our method has completed a thorough technical peer-review process and will be the first soil carbon method to complete an independent validation under the Verified Carbon Standard, and it being implemented in a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant.
Because the method is measurement-based, it is more accurate than model-based default methods. TEP has also developed streamlined processes to screen, stratify, sample, and calculate carbon levels at a high confidence interval. As a result, TEP can utilize its aggregation models to operate at landscape-scale to cost-effectively assess projects that can generate the large amounts of potential carbon credit assets at low cost.
Illustration of the carbon cycle for conservation biomass