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Headlines for August 2010

Forests and 'Smart Growth': SoCal Counties Convene Stakeholders to Fight Sprawl

August 25, 2010
PFT Joins SoCal Association of Governments Committee Tasked with Setting Goals for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In the Pacific Forest Trust's quest to retain and sustain America's forests, our work on the ground often begins in the fluorescent-lit conference rooms of the policy arena. We have championed policies that reward landowners for conserving and stewarding their forests for their climate benefits, and promote efforts to make the regulatory process more efficient and effective for both landowner and resource protection.

Carbon Market Offsets for Wildfire Risk Prevention Don't Pencil Out, Research Shows

August 20, 2010
Government-funded research in Northern California and Southern Oregon appears to help settle the troublesome and recurring argument that forest thinning to reduce the intensity of wildfire should be credited as a forest offset. The four-year long study found that, essentially, the carbon accounting math doesn't support that contention. PFT President Laurie Wayburn was quoted in a ClimateWire story about the research, which can be downloaded from the full story.

New USDA Report: Private Forests At Risk from Increased Development and Conversion

August 17, 2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the release of a significant new USDA report, which underscores the importance of PFT's core mission -- promoting the conservation of our nation's privately owned forests for all the public benefits they provide. Produced by the U.S. Forest Service, the report, Private Forests, Public Benefits, estimates that housing density will increase on more than 57 million acres of America's privately owned rural forests from 2000 to 2030.

Climate and Energy Legislation - What's Next?

August 16, 2010
Need for Climate and Energy Solutions Still 'Imperative,' PFT President Laurie Wayburn and Other Observers Agree in Wake of Legislative Derailment
Now that members of Congress have fled the Capitol for the summer, those closely involved in the climate debate are assessing why climate and energy legislation went off the rails. The general consensus is that passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation before the mid-term elections was just too heavy a lift politically for the U.S. Senate.

PFT Earns National Recognition with LTAC Accreditation!

August 6, 2010
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced this week that the Pacific Forest Trust has been awarded accredited status.
"Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever," said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. "The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land."

 

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