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How Family Forests Can Impact Climate Change
Family forests can reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by capturing and storing carbon in wellmanaged forest stands, and by providing wood
products which store carbon and avoid carbon
emissions when used in place of other more carbonintensive products. Family forests can also provide
a sustainable supply of biomass for energy, which
can offset emissions from burning fossil fuels. Family
forests, the largest forest ownership group in the
United States and covering more than 270 million
acres, contribute significantly to this capture and
storage - and can even provide considerably more.
Each year, roughly 10 percent of all U.S. carbon
emissions are absorbed and stored by America's
forests and forest products. This means private family
forests are already making an essential contribution
toward mitigating climate change; however, this
contribution must be increased if we are to meet
the goals set for offsetting emissions and capturing
the amounts of carbon required to minimize climate
effects. Managing forests specifically for carbon
sequestration - with appropriate incentives - could
double the amount of carbon sequestered, according
to the U.S. Forest Service. Family forests and forest
products provide an immediate and cost-effective
method to reduce the amount of carbon in the
atmosphere. Healthy forests remove emissions from
the air and store them every day. This is a proven,
natural solution that can be implemented through
well-established forest management techniques. It
buys time we desperately need to make the long-term
technological shifts to a low-carbon economy.
If we are to unlock the potential of our nation's
private forests to mitigate the effects of climate
change, family landowners who are managing the
largest share of the nation's forests must be a part
of it. Forest carbon programs that work for family
and individual landowners encourages the forest
stewardship necessary for clean water, wildlife habitat,
forest products markets and recreation spaces.
Unfortunately, most family forest owners are
currently left out of the carbon markets that would
make it possible for them to take action on their land
and ensure healthy forests that can store more carbon
for generations to come. The Family Forest Carbon
Program is designed to change that.
A New Approach: The Family Forest Carbon Program
The Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP) is a
partnership of the American Forest Foundation (AFF)
and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) working with
leading U.S. businesses, state and federal agencies,
and America's 22 million family forest owners, to
sequester and store carbon on a globally significant
scale.
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Woodland - Summer 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Summer 2019

Overstory
Foresets and Families
Forest Interactions
The Family Forest Carbon Program
2019 Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced
Tree Farmers Visit Washington to Advocate for Family Forest Interests
Tools and Resources
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Overstory
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Foresets and Families
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - The Family Forest Carbon Program
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - 2019 Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Finalists Announced
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Tree Farmers Visit Washington to Advocate for Family Forest Interests
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Woodland - Summer 2019 - Tools and Resources
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