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Headlines for February 2010

PFT President Writes about Genesis of CA Forest Carbon Market in New Publication

February 26, 2010
Pacific Forest Trust President and co-CEO Laurie Wayburn explains how PFT has joined conservation and market forces to sustain forests in a new publication: Conservation Capital in the Americas: Exemplary Conservation Finance Initiatives (2010/256 pages/$30.00). The collection of case studies is based on a conference of the same name held in January 2009 in Valdivia, Chile. Wayburn was a presenter at the conference, which was attended by more than 100 international conservation leaders and policy makers.

CA Air Resources Board Preparing for 'Compliance Use' Forest Protocols

February 23, 2010
The Climate Action Reserve's Forest Project Protocols are on the agenda of the California Air Resources Board's Thursday meeting, when state officials will move closer to implementing the country's first government-backed cap and trade system. Part of the meeting's focus will be laying out a procedural road map for how carbon offsets will be used in California's cap and trade system. Staff is expected to make a presentation outlining a process and time line for updating the voluntary protocols managed by the Climate Action Reserve with a regulatory version specifically designed for use in the cap and trade system.

Grist: Seeing the Jobs in the Forest

February 4, 2010
Investment in forest conservation and stewardship can have a tremendous impact on the nation's employment levels, writes Glenn Hurowitz in this week's Grist. In his article "The Jobs are in the Trees," Hurowitz cites research indicating "reforestation and restoration outperforms even the second-most jobs-intense activity analyzed by 74 percent, and conservation exceeds other major jobs alternatives, including new highway construction, Wall Street, and conventional energy sources like oil and nuclear."

Coalition Takes Call for Forest Provisions in Climate & Energy Bill to Capitol Hill

February 3, 2010
Twenty representatives of a broad, PFT-led coalition -- now 70 members strong -- called on lawmakers in Washington, D.C., recently, to make a case for conserving and stewarding America's working landscapes through federal climate and energy legislation. Productive U.S. forests, farms and ranch lands sustain rural communities and jobs and are fundamental to our atmosphere. Forests alone sequester and store roughly 20 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions annually.



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