With America’s forests falling prey to the stresses of climate change, much is at stake. America’s forests not only provide us with resources like clean drinking water, but also play an essential role in slowing climate change by absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide emissions.
Jad Daley, President and CEO of American Forests, co-chairs the Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG), which he co-founded in 2007. The FCWG is the nation’s only forest sector coalition to represent every aspect of U.S. forests — government agencies, landowners, forest products, conservation and wildlife groups, academics, and carbon finance experts. We work with federal and state officials, corporations, and others who want to help our forests act as a climate solution.
The FCWG is delivering forests as a climate solution by taking action in four areas:
We are helping the 16 states of the U.S. Climate Alliance develop ambitious commitments to forest-climate solutions.
The FCWG is currently working with lawmakers in both parties and across federal agencies to educate them on how to support forest-climate solutions through federal appropriations and future legislation.
We are working to support the success of voluntary carbon markets through innovations such as better ways to quantify carbon benefits from forests, and by promoting voluntary carbon offsets as a way for businesses and individuals to pitch in.
We lead monthly webinars to share the best climate-smart practices and tools being developed across the forest sector. We are the leading hub for sharing this cutting-edge information among government, landowners, industry, and conservation organizations.