Photo of a Michigan hardwood forest in autumn colors.
Forest/Climate Solutions A hardwood forest stand in Michigan's Two Hearted River Forest Reserve. © Drew Kelly

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The Nature Conservancy Backs Forest Climate Principles

Policy roadmap would expand forest-based climate solutions.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and a coalition of conservation organizations, business interests and research institutions this week released a proposed federal policy platform outlining how the next Congress can support private forest owners and public land managers to enhance forests' climate benefits.

“This new platform represents a bold and actionable roadmap for expanding forest-based climate solutions in ways that benefit the environment, the economy and communities near and far from forests,” said Cecilia Clavet, a senior policy advisor at TNC. “Turning up forests' carbon potential by having policymakers work hand-in-hand with businesses, private forest landowners, public lands managers, communities and conservation organizations will help accelerate one of the many paths we must pursue to address climate change. These strategies are flexible, scalable and adaptable to the diverse needs of these different voices and will help create a more sustainable and prosperous future.”

This new platform represents a bold and actionable roadmap for expanding forest-based climate solutions in ways that benefit the environment, the economy and communities near and far from forests.

Senior Policy Advisor for The Nature Conservancy

The Forest-Climate Working Group's proposals, endorsed by TNC and 42 organizations and CEOs, proposes five areas of focus that can help maximize the carbon sequestration potential of public forests, private forests and wood products. These areas include the creation of a new forest conservation easement program, removing the cap on the Reforestation Trust Fund, a landowner tax credit for private forest carbon actions, creation of a low carbon footprint building tax credit and expanding research funding in the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.