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Forest Carbon Markets and Private Forest Landowners: Perspectives from State Forestry Agencies

Photo of Chart showing thedemand from family forest owners for carbon management and carbon market assistance during 2011.  USDA Forest Service?Chart showing thedemand from family forest owners for carbon management and carbon market assistance during 2011. USDA Forest Service?Snapshot : Trees remove carbon from the planet’s atmosphere through photosynthesis and sequester carbon in their wood. Private landowners can manage their forests in ways that enhance carbon storage and even receive payment for specific management activities by participating in forest carbon markets. But given the complexity and expense in undertaking these activities, many forest landowners need technical assistance from professionals. Forest Service scientists and their colleagues at the University of Minnesota surveyed state agencies to determine what help they provide to private forest landowners who request assistance in managing their woods and selling carbon credits. They also collected information on current capacities of state governments to provide such assistance.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Snyder, Stephanie 
Research Location : National
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 809

Summary

Forest Service scientists and their colleagues at the University of Minnesota surveyed state forestry agencies across the U.S. about their activities and abilities to provide information on forest carbon management and carbon markets to private forest landowners. They found that only a few states have forest carbon management or carbon market assistance programs: California, Michigan, and Oregon have carbon management assistance programs; and, California, Georgia and Oklahoma have carbon market assistance programs. In addition, state forestry agencies reported: very few private forest landowners request help with carbon management issues; many state forestry agency employees reported knowing little about forest carbon markets; and demand and interest in forest carbon management are often unrelated to a state’s carbon sequestration capacity. This research offers insights for state governments and other organizations that want to encourage carbon sequestration activities on privately owned forestlands. It also indicates the need for training and information on forest carbon markets for foresters and forestry agencies.

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External Partners

 
  • Dr. Kristell A. Miller, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Michael A. Kilgore, University of Minnesota

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