From 2012, American Forests was engaged in expanding a Community of Practice for urban foresters interested in furthering the role of urban forests in the carbon market, and as part of that work, we have compiled some helpful resources.

UF Carbon MarketsOpportunities for Urban Forest Projects in California’s Carbon Markets: An American Forests presentation from the ACES and Ecosystem Markets 2012 – a Community on Ecosystem Services Linking Science, Practice and Decision-Making Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

In August 2012, American Forests presented a similar paper 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, Co-authors on the paper included 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.

In June 2012, American Forests worked with partners to share information at a California-based workshop on Carbon Offsets & the Urban Forest. Below are the presentations from the workshop (all PDF format), and you can also 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.


Intro to Cap & Trade and the Offset Market

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Roles, Hurdles & Opportunities

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 Quantifying Carbon Storage in Urban Trees


Credit: Jennifer Wig

Urban Forestry Offset Projects & Lessons Learned


Credit: Ray Tretheway

What’s Needed to Get Projects Started?


Credit: Doug Wildman


A National Effort

Credit: Peter Linehan/Flickr

Credit: Peter Linehan/Flickr

  • “Growing the Network Urban Forests and Carbon Offsets” by Gerry Gray, American Forests – Find out about American Forests’ Urban Forests Program and its efforts to build a community of practice.
  • “Grant Funding” by Alice Ewen, U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program – Learn about the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program and funding opportunities.