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Climate & Energy
National Forest Climate Change Workshop
Developing Protocols for an Assessment of the Climate Mitigation Capacity of National Forests
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Identified as one of the highest priorities to support the Forest Service Climate change Strategic Framework, the Pinchot Institute facilitated a workshop centered on developing protocols for a comprehensive assessment of the capacity of national forests to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Entitled the National Forests Climate Change Workshop, held in Washington, DC on January 28th & 29th, fifty experts from around the country were asked to design the assessment process, consider appropriate scope, scale, and the intensity, and suggest ways to best utilize data, techniques, and processes that already exist. An organizing committee composed of scientists, policymakers, and managers from within and outside the agency developed the agenda, coordinated the workgroups and discussions, and will produce a full report summarizing the results of the workshop.

Workshop and Presentations

. National Forests Climate Change Workshop: A workshop to develop protocols for an assessment of the climate mitigation capacity of National Forests, Dr. V. Alaric Sample, Pinchot Institute for Conservation and Dr. Dave Cleaves, Research and Development, USDA Forest Service.

Opening Remarks. Thomas Tidwell, Chief, USDA Forest Service.

Phase 1: Presentations and Panel Discussions

  • Carbon Inventory Potential in California's National Forests: California Rapid Assessment, Bruce Goines, Pacific Southwest Region, USDA Forest Service [Download pdf]
  • Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Assessments and Response Framework
, Dr. Chris Swanston, USDA Forest Service [Download pdf]
  • GHG Inventories and Carbon Assessments using the NFS Forest Carbon: Baseline of the 2007 RPA Assessment as an Example, Dr. Linda Heath, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service [Download pdf]
  • Forests and Carbon in the US: Overview of Measurement & Modeling Challenges, Dr. Michael G. Ryan, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service [Download pdf]
Panel Discussion:

Track 1 - Baselines
Track 2 - Strategies
Track 3 - Future Conditions
  •  What are the factors to consider in defining baselines, including scope and information needs?
  • How should these differ around the country?
  •  What should be considered as alternative management strategies?
  • How should these differ around the country?
  •  Which types of future conditions and context (e.g. climate, disturbance, economics) should be considered?
  • How should these differ around the country?

Phase 2: Presentations and Breakout Groups


  • A Brief Comparison of Domestic Programs & Protocols for Forest Carbon, Sarah Hines, Northern Research Station and Northeastern Area, USDA Forest Service [Download pdf]
  • Presidential Directive: Accounting Rules and Guidelines for U.S. Forests, Dr. Rich Birdsey, Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences
  • Addressing Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Forest Planning: A Case Study for Standardizing Climate Change Impact Assessment and Planning, Dr. Steve McNulty, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service [Download pdf]
Breakout Groups:
Track 1 - Baseline
Track 2 - Future Conditions
Track 3 - Strategies
  • What sources of data can be used? (availability)
  • How should data be used?
  • How should the results and associated uncertainty be reported?
  • What research is required to develop information on future conditions (factors that must be addressed in baselines and strategies)?
  • How should this research be organized?
  • How should uncertainties be described?
  • What sources of models can be used?
  • How should data be used? (models)
  • How should the results and associated uncertainty be reported?

Bringing it all Together:
Tracks 1, 2, & 3 - Integration
  • How should baseline and strategies protocols be integrated?
  • What new information will be needed?
  • How can new information be introduced into assessments?

Summary. Coming soon!!
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