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Forest Carbon Incentives: Options for Landowner Incentives to Increase Forest Carbon Sequestration
U.S. forests play an important role in the nation’s effort to address climate change; they are vital terrestrial carbon sinks. These ecosystems also provide vital services like drinking water and wildlife habitat, and enjoyment to millions of Americans. The majority of the nation’s forests are in private ownership, so it is critical that private forest landowners are encouraged to improve and secure the emissions reductions they can provide, while helping these ecosystems adapt to climate change. Failing to engage private landowners at the broadest scale possible not only limits the role of the nation’s forests in increased climate change mitigation, but also risks increased forest‐based emissions and declines in the health and richness of forest ecosystems over the coming decades.

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Forest conservation in the Anthropocene
There is increasing scientific acceptance that we have entered a new “Anthropocene Epoch” wherein human influence, especially in climate and global population, is altering the evolution of virtually every ecosystem on the planet. Representing one-quarter of terrestrial ecosystems, but containing an estimated two-thirds of carbon in living terrestrial organisms, and nearly three-quarters of terrestrial species, our forests face growing risk in the Anthropocene.

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Adapting to a Changing Climate: Risks & Opportunities for the Upper Delaware River Region
In 2012, the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP), the Cumberland River Compact, Headwaters Economics, the Common Waters Partnership and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation came together to create a climate adaptation plan for the communities of the Upper Delaware River Region. Development of the plan came about because all parties, led by MFPP, recognized the critical need for local community resilience against the impacts of climate change by protecting forest and water resources. This climate adaptation plan for the Upper Delaware Region of southeastern New York, northeastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey presents the results of a community team effort, deep and broad information gathering, critical analysis and thoughtful planning. The result of this collaborative effort is a powerful climate adaptation plan that the community can support and implement in coming years. The outcome will be a community that can better withstand impacts of climate upon their natural resources, economy and social structure in the decades to come.
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The Role of Communities in Stewardship Contracting - USDA FS
This report, The Role of Communities in Stewardship Contracting: FY 2012 Programmatic Monitoring Report to the USDA Forest Service, conveys findings and recommendations from the FY 2012 Programmatic Monitoring and Evaluation of the role of local communities in the development and implementation of stewardship contracts and agreements on the National Forest System and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. 
The Role of Communities in Stewardship Contracting - BLM
This report, The Role of Communities in Stewardship Contracting: FY 2012 Programmatic Monitoring Report to the USDOI BLM, conveys findings and recommendations from the FY 2012 Programmatic Monitoring and Evaluation of the role of local communities in the development and implementation of stewardship contracts and agreements on the National Forest System and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. 
Feasibility of Quantifying Returns from Forest Service Research and Development Programs
Acres managed, miles of riparian habitat restored, gallons of fresh water provided, populations of wildlife conserved – all are important metrics of natural resources management and will continue to be important measures defining programmatic impact. However, it is becoming increasingly necessary, during constrained budgetary times, staffing declines, and demands for science increasing to understand and communicate the value of research and development if a case is to be made to retain (or even expand) research and development budgets.
Pathways to Sustainability
Producers of wood pellets in the United States will need to meet or exceed sustainability standards set by the European Union and individual European countries to protect the health of forests, while accessing expanding export markets. The growing European demand for U.S. wood biomass requires buyers to demonstrate enhanced sustainability of North America's forest resources. Download PDF

Programmatic Monitoring of the Role Local Communities Play in Developing Stewardship Contracts: FY 2011
This programmatic monitoring report to the USDA Forest Service details: challenges in engaging stakeholders in stewardship contracting; successes in engaging communities in stewardship contracting; and the benefits perceived by participants in stewardship projects. Download PDF
Programmatic Monitoring of the Role Local Communities Play in Developing Stewardship Contracts: FY 2011
This programmatic monitoring report to the US Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management details: challenges in engaging stakeholders in stewardship contracting; successes in engaging communities in stewardship contracting; and the benefits perceived by participants in stewardship projects. Download PDF
Pennsylvania's Forests: How they are changing and why we should care
Will Price and Eric Sprague .  January 2012.  Download PDF
Forest Sustainability in the Development of Wood Bioenergy in the U.S.
V. Alaric Sample, Brian Kittler, David Refkin, and Ann Marsh. Released in 2010. Download pdf
The Future of Wood Bioenergy in the United States: Defining Sustainability, Status, Trends and Outlooks for Regional Development
Advancing Sustainable Forest Management in the U.S.
Edited by V. Alaric Sample, Stephanie L. Kavanaugh, and Mary M. Snieckus. Released May 2006. Download pdf
Quick Guide to Opportunities for Collaboration in Land Management Planning at the Forest Service
Oregon Forestlands and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification: Reference Matrix for Final Report (Appendix 7.3)
Download file [PDF, 112 pages, pages 2-112 formatted for 11"x14" paper]
Northeast Forestry Protocols for Carbon Sequestration: Workshop Summary (February 2006)
Stewardship Contracting: A Summary of Lessons Learned from the Pilot Experience
This report summarizes the lessons learned over five years of the Institute's work on multiparty monitoring of community involvement in stewardship contracting. Download pdf.
Quick Guide to Collaboration and the NEPA Process
A Comparison of Guidelines for the Forest Stewardship Program and Other Standards of Sustainable Forest Management
Naureen Rana, August 2005 Download pdf
Sustainability in U.S. Forest Policy: Origins, Evolutions and Prospects

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