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Community Forest Policy Research and Analysis
Stewardship Contracting

Stewardship Contracting is a is a federal land management contracting authority meant to promote a closer working relationship with local communities in the planning, design, and execution of conservation and management activities on federal forests. For over a decade, the Pinchot Institute has been involved in developing, testing, and establishing federal legislative authority for stewardship contracts. Please click here for policy research and analysis on stewardship contracting.

Ecosystem Service Markets: Translating Policy into Opportunity
The Institute is exploring how market-based solutions can sustain and improve the environment and the economic health of communities. The Institute is developing the Bay Bank to facilitate private landowner access to markets for ecosystem services like carbon sequestration and water quality protection. The Bay Bank is establishing trading protocols that are compliant with existing regulatory policies and voluntary markets available to landowners in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Institute is also exploring the potential policy barriers and opportunities for innovative ways to finance conservation objectives by leveraging ecosystem service markets with government incentive programs. Click here for more information on the Bay Bank or contact Aaron Lien.

Biomass and Community-Scale Bioenergy
Markets for forest biomass are an important development for forest landowners and may create a new incentive for increased forest stewardship and management. At the same time, the rapid development of bioenergy represents an opportunity for forest landowners to supply biomass to new markets for renewable energy. What are the challenges and opportunities that new markets for forest biomass present forest-based communities and forest practitioners? Click here to learn more about our activities in sustainable forest bioenergy.      

Private Forestland Issues
Given that a significant portion of U.S. forestlands is owned by private, non-industrial entities (i.e., families or individuals), we are tracking a number of different issues affecting these landowners. Click here for more information on the Pinchot Institute's involvement in family forestry.

Barriers to Collaborative Forestry
In partnership with the Ecological Restoration Institute, the Society of American Foresters and American Forests, the Institute developed a process by which ongoing barriers to collaborative forestry in the U.S. could be identified and overcome. Through background papers and a facilitated working session, participants identified 8 major barriers that included policies and procedures, funding, and expectations. Click here to read "lessons learned" document (meeting material).

Women in Forestry

As part of a grant received from the Ford Foundation, we conducted a study to develop a better understanding of the role of women in forest management in three distinct capacities: (1) as professional foresters or professionals working in the forestry arena; (2) as forest caretakers (primarily in the international arena); and, (3) as forest landowners. In addition to a general literature review on women in natural resources, this study also includes a short case study of a specific organization that is devoted to addressing some of the issues affecting minority women landowners (Women in Land Ownership, based in Alabama). Click here to download the paper.
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