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of wildfire within the treatment
area and adjacent lands. Lands
will be monitored for tree growth,
overall forest health condition and
incidence of wildfire. 
FFCP - Central
Appalachian Region
The central Appalachian
region represents some of the
most diverse and carbon-rich,
temperate forests in the world.
The FFCP will initially work
with family forest owners in the
areas of Pennsylvania, western
Maryland, Northeast West Virginia
and Virginia. Carbon-focused
practices in this region include:
Reduced Impact
Logging:  Improved felling
techniques, skid trail layout,
and hauling practices minimize
damage to the remaining trees
roots, stems and crowns that
are not part of a timber sale.
Reduced Impact Logging helps
preserve the overall health of the
forest and avoids creating carbon
emissions from trees damaged in
the process.
Controlling Competing
Vegetation:  Reducing the
overabundance of vines in tree
canopies, controlling invasive
plants that outcompete native
trees. This practice increases
carbon sequestration and storage
by regenerating young trees and
increasing the growth rates of
existing mature trees. The practice
also provides healthy wildlife
habitat, and ensures the future
supply of forest products.
Extended Harvest Cycles:  To
allow trees to grow larger and
forest to grow older overall
than average forests in the
landscape.  If desired, the practice
permits one timber harvest
(using reduced impact logging
techniques) during the 20-year
contract period.  The practice
promotes long-term forest health
benefits and improves habitat for
wildlife associated with mature
forests. This practice increases

Summary of
Environmental Benefits of Wood
* Wood is better for the environment in terms of greenhouse gas
emissions, air and water pollution, and other impacts.1 Steel and
concrete consume 12% and 20% more energy, emit 15% and 20%
more greenhouse gases, release 10% and 12% more pollutants into
the air, and generate 300% and 225% more water pollutants than
wood, respectively.
* Wood helps reduce energy consumption across the life cycle
of growth, harvest, transport, manufacture and construction
compared to other structural building products according to life
cycle assessment (LCA).2
* Wood can improve energy efficiency.  An excellent insulator, wood
has a cellular structure that allows for air pockets, helping to slow
the conductivity of heat.3
* Wood products store carbon helping to mitigate climate change
while also providing a good alternative for materials that require
large amounts of fossil fuels to produce.4
* Using wood helps to sustain our forests and increases our carbon
storage potential, by helping to ensure that it is affordable for forest
owners to continue sustainably managing their forestland.5

the number of high-quality, large
diameter trees and improves the
commercial and environmental
value of the woodland while
maintaining a working forest.
How to Get Involved
The Family Forest Carbon
Program offers a unique opportunity
for family forest owners to do what's
best for their land while getting
paid for it. Plus, they can continue
to enjoy the benefits of sustainable
management and healthier forests -
including protecting water sources,
recreational opportunities, improved
wildlife habitat, and options to
harvest sustainable wood supplies.
By offering a new market for forest
owners in the form of carbon,
private landowners will have a
new pathway to ensure the health
and resiliency of their woodland,
especially where other markets have
diminished, or are not available. This
work by family forest owners will
have a significant impact on local
economies, ecosystems and global
climate mitigation efforts.

To learn more about the Family
Forest Carbon Program and to
advocate for programs and policies
that help family forest owners'
access carbon markets, visit
www.forestfoundation.org/carbon. b
References

1. American Wood Council, Green Building Fact
Sheet
2. "Sustainable Forestry in North America,"
information sheet WW-010. http://woodworks.
org/educationpublications/information-sheets/
3. British Columbia Forestry Climate Change
Working Group and California Forestry
Association: Tackle Climate Change - Use Wood.
2010. p. 22-23.
4. Ibid
5. Ibid
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Overstory
Foresets and Families
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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
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