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NY Forest Carbon & Family Forests
December 7, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Forests are the most powerful clean air technology on earth. By providing a continuing cycle of growing, harvesting and regenerating, active forest management has the potential to enhance a forest’s ability to sequester and store carbon and improves resiliency, maintaining the ability to sequester carbon in the future.  Private working forests play a critical role in a nature-based solution to mitigate climate change and in New York that involves thousands of family forest landowners engaged in climate solutions.  One such solution is carbon markets, whereby family forest landowners get paid to remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in their forests.
 
To help address cost and technical barriers for landowners implementing sustainable and climate smart forestry practices, markets, specifically, carbon markets, are an effective mechanism. Yet, current forest carbon programs present challenges for the majority of family forest owners to participate. Join us on Monday, December 7, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for a series of presentations and open discussion on how family forest landowners can participate in emerging carbon markets.  Also, the role that family forests will have in meeting New York’s ambitious climate goals under the Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act.
 
1.            Introduction (15 minutes)
  a.            Natalie Alex - Policy Manager, American Forest Foundation
  b.            John Bartow – Executive Director -Empires State Forest Products Association
2.            Carbon Programs and Markets – Overview (20 minutes)
  a.            David Ford - Senior Fellow for the American Forest Foundation
3.            Family Forest Carbon Markets – Kevin Yoder – TNC PA Conservation Forester (30 minutes)
  a.            Working Woodlands
  b.            Family Forest Carbon Program
  c.            Pennsylvania FFCP Pilot
4.            Family Forests and Carbon Markets in NY Going Forward (10 minutes)
  a.            Chris Zimmerman - TNC NY Forest Restoration Strategy Lead
5.            Open Discussion and Q&A (45 minutes)
 
 
Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYldumuqTwvHNw6LXnom0upXg-ZM7NTqT8o
 
 
Sponsored By:
American Forest Foundation
Empire State Forest Products Association
Adirondack Landowners Association
Adirondack Research Consortium
NY Forest Owners Association
NY Tree Farm
The Nature Conservancy
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The mission of the NY Tree Farm Program is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands in New York State while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry. 

Contact us at the NY Tree Farm Office: PO Box 24, Washington Square, Greenwich, NY 12834, (518) 854-7386, nytreefarm@gmail.com
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