Archive for January, 2009

Web resources:

Equity Blog, A Community of Voices, A Movement for Change

Introduces a four-page analysis, “Stimulus for Whom,” which outlines how the U.S. Stimulus package could promote equity in the U.S.

United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Source Book: Green Stimulus Proposals

Downloadable testimonies heard by the Committee in December 2009, rural green jobs included.


Western wish list for Obama (12/22/2008)
The hopes and worries of 11 key Westerners

Interaction Between Water And Forest: Challenge To Water Policies And Forest Management (12/31/2008)

“Incorporating results from forest hydrology studies in water policies can help avoid uncertainty and confusion caused by the current difficulties in transferring research findings to different countries and regions, varying forest types and species and diverse forest management regimes. In addition, institutional mechanisms to enhance synergies in forests and water administrations are needed at national and regional levels.”

The Top ClimateBiz Stories of 2008 (12/31/2008)

In Obama’s Team, Two Camps on Climate (01/02/2009)

FORESTS: Once reducers of CO2, Canada’s trees now contribute to global warming (01/05/2009)

FORESTS: BLM finalizes plan to triple logging in western Ore. (01/05/2009)

STATES: The nation’s first cap-and-trade system could expand to cars (01/06/2009)

CLIMATE: Pelosi says House can pass cap and trade, but timetable is uncertain (01/06/2009)


Rights and Resources Initiative. 2008. Seeing People Through The Trees: Scaling Up Efforts to Advance Rights and Address Poverty, Conflict and Climate Change. Washington DC: RRI. Available on-line: http://www.rightsandresources.org/publication_details.php?publicationID=737

Abstract: “Forest areas have an integral role in the development agenda of the next several decades because of the myriad challenges that converge within their landscapes. Donor agencies and policy-makers can change historical patterns of forest governance and management as a first and critical step toward addressing the impending global challenges of climate change, ongoing conflict and persistent poverty.

“The report references past models of forest management to demonstrate the weaknesses in prior governance structures while emphasizing gaps and opportunities for the strategic involvement of the international community. The key messages and recommendations to emerge from this literature speak to the global development community, country governments and civil society regarding their roles in forest tenure reform and improved governance.”

Beane, J.L., J.M. Hagan, A.A. Whitman, and J.S. Gunn. 2008. Forest Carbon Offsets: A Scorecard for Evaluating Project Quality. Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences Report MCCS NCI 2008-1, Brunswick, Maine; available on-line: http://www.manometmaine.org.

“Forests worldwide play a vital role in removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Forest offset projects are an appealing and abundant type of offset project, particularly in the voluntary carbon markets, in part because of the many other societal values forests provide, such as clean water and wildlife habitat (Hamilton et al. 2008). However, forest projects present some unique challenges for technical legitimacy, in particular the issues of additionality, permanence, and leakage. With this scorecard we provide a relatively simple scoring system to evaluate the technical rigor of any forest offset project. It is the first publicly available ranking tool tailored specifically to forest carbon offset projects.”

Matthew D Hurteau, George W Koch, Bruce A Hungate (2008) Carbon protection and fire risk reduction: toward a full accounting of forest carbon offsets. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Vol. 6, No. 9, pp. 493-498.

Abstract: “Management of forests for carbon uptake is an important tool in the effort to slow the increase in atmospheric CO2 and global warming. However, some current policies governing forest carbon credits actually promote avoidable CO2 release and punish actions that would increase long-term carbon storage. In fire-prone forests, management that reduces the risk of catastrophic carbon release resulting from stand-replacing wild-fire is considered to be a CO2 source, according to current accounting practices, even though such management may actually increase long-term carbon storage. Examining four of the largest wildfires in the US in 2002, we found that, for forest land that experienced catastrophic stand-replacing fire, prior thinning would have reduced CO2 release from live tree biomass by as much as 98%. Altering carbon accounting practices for forests that have historically experienced frequent, low-severity fire could provide an incentive for forest managers to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire and associated large carbon release events.”

Frederick J Swanson, Charles Goodrich, Kathleen Dean Moore (2008) Bridging boundaries: scientists, creative writers, and the long view of the forest. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Vol. 6, No. 9, pp. 499-504.

Abstract: “The Long-Term Ecological Reflections program brings together ecologists, creative writers, and philosophers at sites of long-term ecological research to advance understanding of ecological change and of our evolving relationship with the natural world. Developed as an analog to the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Reflections program attempts to bridge the sciences and humanities in places like the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest LTER site (Oregon) and Mount St Helens (Washington State), where participants reflect, share ideas, and write. Records of these reflections are posted as primary, raw data (eg journal entries and video interviews) on a webpage, and completed works are published in widely circulated journals. This growing body of material demonstrates the importance of taking the long view in building ecological knowledge. The writings display the value of metaphor and story in communicating such knowledge to the public.”


Read Full Post »