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LAWMAKERS ARE NOT ONLY SEEING FORESTRY AS A VITAL NATURAL
CLIMATE SOLUTION, BUT ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING BILLIONS
OF DOLLARS TO RURAL AMERICA THROUGH CARBON MARKETS.

solution, but also an opportunity
to bring billions of dollars to rural
America through carbon markets.
Recognizing this potential to increase
landowner involvement in carbon
markets, Senators Stabenow (DMI) and Braun (R-IN) introduced the
Rural Forests Markets Act (RFMA),
S. 4451. This bipartisan bill would
authorize the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to provide loan or bond
guarantees to organizations, like AFF,
working with family landowners to
tap into any market, including carbon
or water.
Currently, carbon markets are off
limits to landowners with less than
3,000 acres due to the high upfront
cost of implementing management
practices and developing carbon
project. The bond guarantee in
the RFMA is one of the financing
mechanisms AFF needs to
successfully implement the Family
Forest Carbon Program (FFCP). A
guarantee from USDA will unlock
money from private investors for the
upfront capital needed for landowners
to implement FFCP practices.
Investors need this added assurance
provided by a guarantee to confidently
invest in innovative programs. This
capital is then used to pay forest
owners for practices that are turned
into carbon credits sold on the
voluntary carbon market to interested,
corporate buyers. The revenue from
carbon sales is then used to pay back
the investors with interest.
Along with advancing
Congressional action for forests
and climate, AFF has effectively
gained the support of the Forest
Climate Working Group (FCWG) on
various policy recommendations
that will complement the FFCP and
provide additional revenue streams
alongside carbon market resources,

to make carbon practices more
affordable for landowners. These
recommendations include a private
lands carbon tax incentive and a
conservation easement program.
Alongside the FCWG, we look
forward to gaining support for
these recommendations and the
Rural Forests Markets Act with the
incoming 117th Congress.
AFF's Engagement with the
Trillion Trees Initiative
During this year's World Economic
Forum in Davos, Switzerland
and again at the State of the
Union Address, President Trump
committed the United States to
the Trillion Trees Initiative, an effort
to plant and conserve one trillion
trees to sequester carbon. To fulfill
this commitment, the White House
is leading discussions amongst
the federal agencies about what
contributions the federal government
can make to this initiative, while also
engaging with organizations like AFF
to bring private sector resources to
the table. In our discussions, AFF has
emphasized the need for this Initiative
to focus not just on tree planting
but on restoration, management,
long-term forest protection, and
forest products markets - because
all are essential to the conservation
and restoration of one trillion trees. 
As part of the Initiative, AFF has
put forward our own commitment
to this effort pledging to conserve,
improve and grow 84,000,000 trees,
which will sequester an estimated
25,878,086 MT CO2e.
Support for Family Landowners
Increasing in California Legislature
AFF has increased our advocacy
presence in California given the
significant wildfire issues and

potential for AFF to secure
increased funding and policy
support to help family forest
owners. Our initial focus was on
influencing the 2020 budget to
dedicate $50M to the California
Forest Improvement Program,
the state's only cost-share
assistance program for private
landowners and influencing
a potential $5 billion bond
measure. In response to the
COVID-19 pandemic, Governor
Newsom removed the bond
measure and made cuts to
various programs which address
an estimated $54 billion budget
deficit. Newsom points to wildfire
as one of his biggest issues of
concern, and recently signed an
executive order calling for more
forest management to reduce
wildfires. With the support of
California Natural Resources
Agency (CNRA), The California
Department of Forestry and Fire
Protection (CAL FIRE) and state
lawmakers such as Assembly
member Friedman, and Senator
Dahle, we will pursue a strong
2021 agenda tackling wildfire
challenges on family forests,
advocating for increased
funding for programs which
provides financial assistance to
family forest owners for wildfire
mitigation among other actions.
Thank you again for all
your efforts in 2020. With your
advocacy support, we are
looking forward to another
exciting year! If you're interested
in learning more about AFF's
advocacy goals or would like
to become an active Advocacy
Leader, contact Mackenzie
Scurka, AFF Policy Coordinator,
mscurka@forestfoundation.org.A

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Winter 2020

Our Forests & Our Future
Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm & North Quabbin Land Trust Provide Accessible Trails
Forest Interactions
Outreach & Connections Through Virtual Events
Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Obtain Funding for Expansion
Overcoming the Forester Capacity Challenge in the Western U.S.
2020 Policy Wins
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Our Forests & Our Future
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm & North Quabbin Land Trust Provide Accessible Trails
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Forest Interactions
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
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Woodland - Winter 2020 - Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Obtain Funding for Expansion
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