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Headlines for October 2009

Use of Woody Biomass as Renewable Fuel Prompts Hope, Concerns

October 23, 2009
By Anton Chiono, Pacific Forest Trust Policy Associate
Woody biomass has long been recognized as a source of cheap, economical fuel, from the low-tech, campfire variety to the kind that produces energy via co-generation plants. With continually rising fossil fuel prices and growing concerns over carbon emissions, the notion of renewable energy produced from local forests (generally by combusting small diameter trees or waste produced by timber harvest) is becoming increasingly alluring for cash-strapped rural communities and rate-weary energy consumers.

CA Air Board Holding Oct. 19 Symposium on State's Forest Carbon Inventory

October 15, 2009
The California Air Resources Board is holding an all-day symposium on the statewide inventory of greenhouse gas storage in forests on Monday, Oct. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. While the event will be held in downtown Sacramento at the California EPA building, the session can be viewed online as a webcast. The session is being held as part of the implementation plan for the California Global Warming Solutions Acts of 2006 (AB32).

Kresge Foundation Awards Pacific Forest Trust $200,000 for Climate Work

October 14, 2009
The Pacific Forest Trust is pleased to announce the award of a grant of $200,000 from the Kresge Foundation. The funds will be used to further our efforts to promote effective climate change policies relative to the role of forests and land use at the federal level.
"This is PFT's first grant from the Kresge Foundation and will provide key support for our growing Working Forests, Winning Climate campaign," said PFT President Laurie Wayburn.

Land Lines Magazine Explores Role of Forests in U.S. Climate Policy

October 14, 2009
The impact of land use on our climate is the focus on this month's issue of Land Lines, the quarterly magazine of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Pacific Forest Trust President Laurie Wayburn wrote the magazine's seven-page cover story, "The Role of Forests in U.S. Climate Policy," which summarizes the comprehensive research and policy analysis from her recent working paper published by the Institute.

New Report: Saving Forests Five Times Better Than Carbon Capture for Climate Action

October 14, 2009
A new report issued by World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Sweden says that next to energy efficiency, halting forest loss and degradation is the most cost-effective method for mitigating climate change. Someone should tell the British government before they heed calls to invest 10 million pounds in carbon capture schemes like that artificial forest idea we wrote about last month.

PFT Invites Public Comment for Accreditation Application

October 8, 2009
The Pacific Forest Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) Accreditation Commission. A public comment period is now open and we invite our constituents to write the accreditation team with feedback about our operations. The LTA land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

PFT Joins with Carbon Canopy Coalition to Launch Pilot Forest Carbon Project in VA

October 8, 2009
The Pacific Forest Trust is teaming up with Carbon Canopy--a coalition of conservation groups, wood products companies and landowners--for a project that will protect southern forests, combat climate change and demonstrate the national applicability of the Climate Action Reserve's rigorous forest carbon accounting standards.

Redwoods Stand Tall in October Issue of National Geographic

October 5, 2009
Don't miss this month's issue of National Geographic and its dramatic cover story dedicated to "Redwoods: the Super Trees." (You know your head is in the canopy when that headline inspires visions of Captain Sequoia, swooping to the rescue of our climate, critters and other ecological values supported by these majestic beauties.)

NY Times: Senate Climate Bill Leaves Question Mark for Forestry Groups

October 2, 2009
We're still digesting the 800+ page climate and energy bill U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and John Kerry introduced to the U.S. Senate this week. Provisions for conservation of forests are in there and the bill shares many similarities and some differences to what the U.S. House of Representatives passed last June. We'll post a more comprehensive review once our policy staff has had a chance to thoroughly comb through the bill.

California's Largest Timber Company Announces Carbon Project

October 1, 2009
Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday announced SPI's plans to create the nation's largest forest carbon offset project, sending a signal that major commercial forest owners are getting serious about the developing market for emissions reductions from forests. Read a press release about the deal, or check out media coverage from Reuters.



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