I am getting ready to head over to CLoquet for this evening’s kick-off of the latest in our series of Family Forest conferences: Forest Values & Carbon Markets: Opportunities for Minnesota. Interest in the topic has been overwhelming – we’re oversubscribed. However, we’re committed to sharing as much of the conference as possible online, including through a follow-up conference wrap-up, and by posting presentations on our website.
One conference highlight will be presentation and discussion of a new report entitled “Minnesota North Woods Carbon Credit Partnership.” Developed by project partners Aitkin and Cass County Land Departments, Dovetail Partners, Inc., and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, the goal of the Partnership is to develop a carbon credit accounting system that works for Minnesota’s North Woods, including considerations for carbon storage associated with active forest management, long-lived wood products, and peatland restoration and management. The system was developed to meet the requirements of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) and the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS). We will post the full report on our website after its release at the conference.
I had just finished my initial read-through of this still hot-off-the-press report when I received from Great Lakes Forestry Alliance Executive Director Stefan Bergmann a press release outlining central climate change policy themes for the forestry sector. Developed by the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC), an informal network of forestry professionals in America’s western states, these themes include 10 principles for developing forest climate change policies at the regional, state and local levels across America’s west. The goal of the framework is to mitigate rising temperatures through forest management strategies that are adapted to climate trends thus helping forests sustain their health while also being able to contribute to reducing carbon in the atmosphere.
The Coalition asserts that trees and forests are most effectively included in climate change policies when these policies:
- Are Based on Best Available Science
- Promote Forest Resiliency and Sustainability While Providing for Goods and Services
- Endorse Full-Carbon Accounting with Forest Offset Projects
- Support Market-Based Solutions
- Prevent Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by Increased Use of Forest Products, Woody Biomass, and Renewable Energy from Biomass
- Are Developed through Collaboration
- Pursue Innovative Activities and Partnerships
- Are Cost-Effective and Practical
- Are Performance Driven
- Promote Learning and Innovation
Here’s the full report .
I will be interested to see how much traction these principles receive at our conference. What do VFVC blog readers think of them?