Urban Forests & Carbon Markets

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American Forests is partnering with local, regional and other national organizations interested and involved in urban forest carbon-offset activities and is working to further the role of urban forests in the carbon market.

Working in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, American Forests is helping to share information from a California-based workshop on Carbon Offsets & the Urban Forest with national audiences to further collaborative learning and advance action. Presentations from the workshop are available on the University of California-Davis’ website or read our discussion of the workshop, the background on the topic and the challenges of carbon offsets in urban forests on our Loose Leaf blog. We also have and are making presentations around the country on this topic to help further engagement:

  • American Forests’ Senior Vice President Gerry Gray presented a paper, “Opportunities for Urban Forest Projects in California’s Carbon Markets” at the Ecosystem Services Coming of Age: Linking Science, Policy and Participation for Sustainable Human Well-Being, 5th International ESP Conference convened in Portland, Oregon, July 31-August 4, 2012. Co-authors on the paper include Greg McPherson, a research forester with the U.S. Forest Service; Walt Warriner, Community forester and landscape superintendent for the City of Santa Monica, California; and Cecilia Danks, associate professor at the University of Vermont.
  • Gerry Gray will present a similar paper, coauthored with Greg McPherson, at the ACES and Ecosystem Markets 2012 — a Community on Ecosystem Services Linking Science, Practice and Decision-Making conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in December 2012.

We intend for this webpage to help expand a Community of Practice around urban forests and carbon benefits. Stay tuned for more information, including resources to further collaborative learning, advance policy and track the progress and opportunities for urban forest carbon-offset projects.

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