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Climate & Energy
Nov 19, 2018
Putting Out Fires
Last weekend, while giving honor to the heroes of WWI, our President took a moment to tell the residents of California who were fleeing burning landscapes and homes, that the federal government may decide not to help. He blamed poor forest management.
Aug 8, 2018
Institute Testifies at Oregon Joint Interim Committee on Carbon Reduction Hearing
On July 24th 2018 the Oregon Joint Interim Committee on Carbon Reduction held a hearing to consider sequestration and adaptation on working lands in developing new state carbon reduction legislation. Brian Kittler, Director of the Institute's Western Regional Office, testified on how the legislature should approach Oregon's forestland in this new legislation. Conclusions from the Institute's testimony are below; a PDF of the full written testimony can be downloaded here. For information on the committee or to view other testimony from the hearing visit the Joint Interim Committee on Carbon Reduction's website.

Summary: Testimony to the Joint Committee on Carbon Policy of the Oregon Legislature
July 24, 2018

Climate change will impact Oregon’s forests in several ways. A range of impacts will occur in the variety of forest types existing across the state. Flexibility will be needed by forest managers to address climate change through mitigation, adaptation, and where possible, joint mitigation and adaptation (JMA) strategies. Flexibility will also be needed in technical assistance and funding programs.

Critical to all this is: (1) maintaining forests as forests, (2) preserving forests with high carbon stocks, and (3) aiding the recovery of forests with depleted carbon stocks. In Southern and Eastern Oregon, increased prescribed burning and mechanical treatments may be needed to protect against increasing fire risk and subsequent carbon loss. In some instances this may result in short-term negative carbon consequences. Whereas strategies in Western Oregon can take advantage of having some of the most productive forests globally.

Current harvesting cycles on private lands in Western Oregon leave the most productive forests predominantly under 40 years old, consequentially they are storing a third or less of their ecological potential as a carbon sinks. Extending rotations to the culmination of mean annual increment, i.e. the point of maximum wood accumulation, is a more optimal carbon strategy than the current scenario.

In doing so, it is possible to sequester roughly an additional 200,000,000 metric CO2e over the next 40 - 50 years. This is a technical maximum that assumes 100% participation on all forests currently 40 years or less. Feasible opportunities for improved stocking in the Coast Range will be dictated by economics, social acceptability, and policy.

A range of strategies can be implemented to secure existing carbon sinks, expand the forest carbon sink while keeping it resilient, and invest in the forest economy in a manner aligned with carbon goals. Co-benefits to these strategies include an increase in the value of wood at harvest, diversifying the forest products sector, enhanced adaptive capacity, as well as many other ecological benefits.
Aug 8, 2018
Senior Fellow Char Miller Comments on Wildfires in Western US
Pinchot Institute Senior Fellow Char Miller is a highly regarded scholar of US environmental policy and public lands management, water politics in the western US, and urbanization and the interplay between the natural and built landscapes. He has recently shared insights on the causes of, and potential solutions to, the historic fires burning across the western US:

Jul 13, 2018
Carbon Pricing and Working Lands in Oregon
A project to inform carbon pricing legislation that reduces emissions while supporting and investing in resilient, prosperous lands and communities.

Jun 16, 2017
Building Watershed Resiliency in the Upper Delaware River Region
Leaders from around the region recently gathered in New York’s Sullivan County to learn about the impacts of climate change on local water resources and communities and to discuss strategies for reducing vulnerability to these impacts. The workshop, “Building Watershed Resiliency in the Upper Delaware River Region,” was organized by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and Friends of the Upper Delaware River and hosted by the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management and The Nature Conservancy New York Chapter.
May 10, 2017
Carbon Forestry Workshop
In collaboration with a number of partners the Pinchot Institute recently held a workshop for landowners and foresters interested in learning about forest carbon management, carbon markets, and financial and technical resources available to them.

Participants in this workshop included non-industrial forest owners, consulting foresters, state agencies, conservation districts, planning agencies, conservation organizations, a carbon credit development company, and extension foresters. Participants came from the three west coast states.

Read the workshop summary here: http://www.pinchot.org/doc/602.

Mar 14, 2017
Now enrolling: Assistance to forest landowners in Washington and Oregon for accessing carbon markets
Carbon markets can provide a new annual income stream to forest owners. This program provides technical and financial assistance to family forestland owners interested in either the voluntary or compliance carbon market.

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Dec 21, 2016
The Pinchot Wire: How a Growing Timber Business Revived a Forest
How a growing timber business revived a forest
By Nathanael Johnson

The settlement of Cristóbal Colón, like most tiny towns scraped into the backcountry, was rough. There were no jobs in the rural community in western Ecuador, so people were leaving to eek out a meager existence in the capital. Houses were empty and alcoholism was a serious problem, Maria Quezada, a longtime resident of Colón, told me. “For those that remained there was only one option: clear the forest and establish plantations,” she said.
Sep 29, 2016
New York Times: How Small Forests Can Help Save the Planet
More than half of the 751 million acres of forestland in the United States are privately owned, most by people like Ms. Lonnquist, with holdings of 1,000 acres or less. These family forests, environmental groups argue, represent a large, untapped resource for combating the effects of climate change.

Conserving the trees and profiting from them might seem incompatible. But Ms. Lonnquist is hoping to do both by capitalizing on the forest’s ability to clean the air, turning the carbon stored in the forest into credits that can then be sold to polluters who want or need to offset their carbon footprints.

Continue reading at NYTimes.com
Aug 29, 2016
The Pinchot Wire: Private Cash, Public Lands - Why the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Matters
Here’s how President Obama celebrated the National Park Service’s 100th birthday: with the stroke of his pen, he established the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine, one of the most innovative initiatives in U.S. environmental history. That’s because the 87,500-acre park, which encompasses some of the Pine Tree State’s most remarkable forests and waterways, is a gift of the Quimby family and comes with a $40 million endowment, a private-public partnership without parallel.
Aug 26, 2016
New conservation project helps Northwest Oregon family forests unlock their potential
Small woodland owners in Northwest Oregon are unlocking their forest’s potential to sequester carbon, thanks to a new project with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and the Pinchot Institute.
Aug 24, 2016
Institute advises E.U. on sustainability of wood pellets from Southeast U.S.
Driven by climate and energy policies, European power plants are being fueled by wood pellets imported from the Coastal Plain of the Southeast U.S., a region known for its globally significant biodiversity, carbon storing capacity, and contributions to the international forest economy. The Pinchot Institute is the lead author of a new report tendered by the European Commission to evaluate the environmental effects of this increasing demand and inform the policy debate concerning the role of bioenergy in E.U. climate and energy policies.
Jul 19, 2016
New National Forests Book from Senior Fellow Char Miller
Pinchot Institute University Fellow Char Miller has recently completed a new illustrated celebration of our greatest National Forests, from Alaska to Florida.
Jan 22, 2016
Dr. Jerry F. Franklin to be awarded Pinchot Medallion
Dr. Jerry F. Franklin will deliver the 2016 Pinchot Distinguished Lecture and be awarded the Pinchot Medallion on Thursday, February 18th at 3pm at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.
Jan 11, 2016
Family-owned forest land may soon change hands
2016 may turn out to be a big year for real estate. In this case, it's forests that are for sale. Over a third of U.S. forest land is owned by private families. And many of those owners are now senior citizens, suggesting that their land may soon change hands.

Continue reading at Marketplace
Aug 11, 2015
Gifford Pinchot to be Inducted into World Forestry Center Leadership Hall
The World Forestry Center and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation are pleased to announce that the World Forestry Center will induct Gifford Pinchot into its Leadership Hall. Pinchot’s ethic of “the greatest good, for the greatest number, in the long run” still resonates today, the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Jul 31, 2015
25th Anniversary of the Grey Towers Protocol
This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Grey Towers Protocol, which established a set of guiding principles for forest managers, based on the “moral imperative” of land stewardship. It also came to define in the minds of many the values, mission, and purposes of the Pinchot Institute. The Grey Towers Protocol was the outcome of a two-day symposium held at Grey Towers in November 1990, in conjunction with the centennial of the Forest Reserve Act of 1891.
Jul 8, 2014
Kent Connaughton, Wade Mosby Elected to Pinchot Institute Board of Directors
The Pinchot Institute for Conservation has announced the election of Kent Connaughton and Wade Mosby to its board of directors. “Wade and Kent bring exceptional knowledge of forest conservation and management to the Institute, with broad experience in economics and policy matters on both public and private lands,” said board chair Nels Johnson.
Jun 12, 2014
Takeaways from the UC-Berkeley Summit on Forest Science Education
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Forestry Program in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California–Berkeley. As part of its centennial celebration, the college hosted the North American Summit on Forest Science Education May 7–9. The three-day event brought together employers, students, and university faculty from the United States, Canada, and across the globe to produce recommendations on eight themes in forest science and forestry education.

Ultimately, summit organizers hope the recommendations will provide input to the forestry accreditation process, help guide the development of university curriculum, and be used to critically evaluate the role of education in forestland stewardship.

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Jun 4, 2014
Pinchot Institute Opens Western Regional Office
The Pinchot Institute for Conservation announced the opening of its new Western Regional Office today, naming Brian Kittler as its founding director.  Kittler was formerly with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.   “The Western Regional Office will allow the Pinchot Institute to work more closely with our federal, state and regional partners throughout the West to improve the conservation and sustainable management of forests on both public and private lands,” said Institute President Al Sample.

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