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Exploring a Carbon Credit Program for North Carolina Working Forests

Forestry practitioners gathered in Raleigh on September 25th to create a vision of an ideal working forests carbon credits market for North Carolina. As part of American Farmland Trust’s series of listening sessions around the country on ecosystem services, attendees heard from experts from the Chicago Climate Exchange, Texas Forest Service, and academia to learn the current status of carbon markets around the country, provide feedback on how they’d like to see a program develop in NC, and consider what role state forestry organizations and landowners could play. Conference proceedings will help state and federal policymakers develop programs that can be practically implemented on the ground.

Issue Briefing Papers and Presentations

  • Carbon Markets and Forestry: What’s Driving Demand for the Carbon in Your Trees?-
    Erin Sills, North Carolina State University
  • Carbon Credits Market for Working Forests-
    Jeff O’Hara, Economist, Chicago Climate Exchange
  • Working Forests Carbon Credits: How It’s Working In Texas-
    Hughes Simpson, Ecosystem Coordinator, Texas Forest Service
  • State and Federal Policy As It Applies to Carbon Credits-
    Claire Williams, Environmental Education Consultant, Silver Springs, LLC
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