Working Forests: A Path to Climate Solutions

Exploring how working forests can contribute to achieving climate change goals as well as provide a sustainable supply of wood products

Date

May 4, 2022

Time

noon — 1 p.m.

Participants

Ann Bartuska, Sophie Beckham, John Crockett, Suzy Friedman, Elaine Oneil, and David N. Wear

Event Series

RFF Live

Event Details

Forests currently comprise one-third of land in the United States. Managed or “working” forests are those in private ownership that are actively managed to produce a desired outcome, whether it be wood products, recreational activities, wildlife habitats, or carbon sequestration.

Forests sequester a significant amount of carbon through tree growth, as well as below ground in soils and in other vegetation. In addition to carbon sequestration in growing trees, solid wood products made from harvested trees can extend carbon storage by many decades when used for building construction. Accurately measuring and monitoring these carbon stocks and flows is critical to managing forests to mitigate climate change. The US Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis program provides data on carbon stocks and changes for all US forests, and the forest industry is increasingly using end-to-end life cycle assessments as a tool to effectively measure carbon flow. Getting these numbers right is essential for establishing a viable forest carbon market and for action by private forest landowners.

On May 4, 2022, Resources for the Future (RFF) hosted a webinar exploring how working forests can contribute to achieving climate change goals as well as provide a sustainable supply of wood products. It was the third event in an RFF Live series focused on the role forests play in responding to climate mitigation and adaptation.

Speakers

  • Sophie Beckham, International Paper
  • John Crockett, USDA Forest Service
  • Suzy Friedman, National Alliance of Forest Owners
  • Elaine Oneil, Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials
  • David Wear, Resources for the Future
  • Ann M. Bartuska, Resources for the Future (Moderator)

RFF is grateful to National Alliance of Forest Owners, the USDA Forest Service, and International Paper for their support of our work and this event.

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