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A New Road to Funding Urban Forestry Projects through Carbon Credit Generation

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A New Road to Funding Urban Forestry Projects through Carbon Credit Generation
August 8, 2018

Mark McPherson, City Forest Credits
Anna Mackey & Collin McMichael, TreeFolks

Finding funding streams for urban forestry projects is a constant struggle. The Forest Service has recently updated research documenting the continued loss of tree cover in cities and towns across the U.S., yet cities still struggle to meet human service and utility needs, often leaving trees at the bottom of the budget list. Mark McPherson of City Forest Credits will present an overview of carbon credits, the urban forest protocols, and the Early Adopter projects and buyers. Anna Mackey and Collin McMichael will then describe the multi-stakeholder work in Austin to implement a pilot Carbon+ project and to plan for a longer-term program. They will discuss the steps to implementation, revenues and costs, and opportunities and challenges for that longer-term program.

Presentations

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City Forest Credits: A registry issuing carbon+ credits (PDF)
Mark McPherson
Executive Director
City Forest Credits

Potential to Fund Restoration through Carbon Credit Generation: A multi-stakeholder pilot project in Austin, TX (PDF)
Anna Mackey and Collin McMichael
Operations Director and Program Coordinator
TreeFolks

Resources

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

City Forest Credits
More information on the Project Registry and Urban Forest Carbon Protocols is available on the City Forest Credits website.

TreeFolks
The TreeFolks website provides tree care resources and information about their programs.

US Forest Service Resources

Questions to Ask about Urban Carbon Credit Contracts
When presented with a contract offering to pay for carbon credits generated by urban tree planting projects, here are some important questions to ask. Created in partnership with Arbor Day Foundation.

Performance Testing to Identify Climate-Ready Trees
This study, published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, describes a five-step process to identify tree species best adapted to climate stressors.