Ohio Sierra Club. Forests and Public Lands Committee 2008-2009. 2008-2009. Columbia Gas/DoF pipeline maintenance agreement DNR funding discussions Forest Legacy projects DoF Strategic Plan NiSource ITP Drilling on State Parks. 2008-2009. State Forest harvest bids Shawnee Cuts and burns
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Forests and Public Lands Committee
Columbia Gas/DoF pipeline maintenance agreementDNR funding discussionsForest Legacy projects
DoF Strategic PlanNiSource ITPDrilling on State Parks
State Forest harvest bids
Shawnee Cuts and burns
Prescribed Burns on State Forests
Wayne National Forest projects
Woody Biomass, a new threat
A strategy to offer opportunities to state forests and to the Wayne National Forest that supports ecosystem services.
This supports the National Sierra Club Energy Policy to decrease GHG emissions. However, forests are not part of the current 2006 policy.
Forests are one of the most important renewable natural resources supplying fuel, building materials, paper and other forest products.
This including non-wood products, such as fruit, cocoa, coconut, rubber, coffee
Ohio woodland products as Paw Paw, ginseng and herbaceous plants.
Forests provide essential ecosystem services that are not usually not monetarily compensated as:
Protect and filter watersystems and watersheds
Conserving biodiversity and gene-pools
Regulation of the water cycle and climate
Soil formation, nutrient recycling, and plant pollination
Provide a net increase in oxygen provided by plant and tree growth
The provision of high quality managed water flows from forested catchments
Habitats for native flora and fauna
The control of surface runoff to limit erosion of soil as well as improving water quality
Wetlands and their nutrient cycling, filtering
USFS webpage on forest ecosystem services.
Costa Rica and others as models, funding by World Bank, companies and governments.
Carbon Sequestration and Forests
Forests are the world’s most important terrestrial storehouses of of carbon and play an important role in controlling climate. The world’s remaining forest ecosystems store an estimated 638 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon. This is stored in the forest biomass, forest floor and soil.
There is approximately 50% more carbon in forests than in in the atmosphere.
(Climate Change and Forests, 2008)
2006 Review on the Economics of Climate Change commissioned by Nicholas Stern, former chief economist of the World Bank; identified avoided deforestation as the cheapest option for mitigating increases in emissions of greenhouse gases.
“Curbing deforestation is a highly cost-effective way of reducing GHG emissions and has the potential to offer significant reductions rather quickly…Encouraging new forests and enhancing the potentials of soils to store carbon offer further opportunities to reverse emissions from land use change.”
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Bali December 2007, included avoided deforestation, (reducing emissions from deforestation and forestation degration) in the Bali Action Plan. This plan will be implemented when Kyoto Protocal expires in 2012.
Chicago Climate Exchange
Cap and Trade
May trade when use less emissions than contracted for
Forests are used as offsets
Forests must be registered with the CCX
Afforestation, forest enrichment, and conservation projects
Certain percentage of CO2 tonnage is necessary
Encourages conservation, afforestation or reforestation.
Budapest Conference in carbon markets 2007
Ecosystem Services of Tropical Forests to be Protected with Precedent-Setting Memorandum November 20, 2008
California, Illinois and Wisconsin joined forces with six states in Brazil and Indonesia to fight climate change, the states will develop programs that will protect and restore tropical rainforests to ensure the safety of these essential carbon sinks and are willing to pay for the service the tropical forests are providing: storing and absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide.
"This would open the door for carbon credits derived from protecting forests to be used for compliance purposes under US climate legislation," said Toby Janson-Smith, the senior director for forest carbon markets in CI\'s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. "International negotiators will see that it can be done in a credible and robust way, and that reducing emissions from deforestation should finally be included in the global climate change framework."
Nature Valuation and Financing Network A Network established to stimulate development of practical tools for proper valuation of goods and services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity, so that decisions about economic development are made with full understanding of all costs and benefits involved. www.naturevaluation.org
Brent Sohngen OSU Forest Economist
Heartwood Economic Analysis of the 2006
Wayne National Forest Management Plan.
Management activities had substantial
economic costs while providing
questionable public benefits.
Impact tourism and deminish the capacity
of the WNF to deliver ecosystem services
Ohio Sierra Club, Ohio Environmental Council, Buckeye Forest Council, Voices for the Forest, Friends of the Shawnee Forest, have collaborated to hire Greenfire, an environmental economic analysis group to provide an analysis of the Shawnee State Forest management plan.
Promote report through the media
Meet with Sean Logan, Director of ODNR
Meet with David Lytle, Chief of Forests ODNR
Work to expand analysis to other state forests.
Model for future work
Upcoming National Forest Call
January 22 8:00 p.m. EST