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Forest Carbon Stakeholders Workgroup
Mission
The Oregon Forest Carbon Stakeholders Workgroup was convened in January 2008 to develop recommendations on the role of forests in the carbon cap-and-trade market systems currently being explored by the Western Climate Initiative.
 
The work group met monthly until September 2008 and membership included regional forestry associations from Oregon, Washington, and California, forest products producers, forest landowners, and conservation groups. Academics, carbon buyers, carbon aggregators, and government officials from across the nation have also participated in meetings.
 
Support for the working group is provided by the Governor's Office and the Oregon Department of Forestry. Oregon State University, Oregon Forest Resources Institute and other academic and non-governmental institutions investigating solutions to climate change have contributed to the deliberations of the workgroup.

Participants
 
More than 50 people have participated in meetings and are on the mailing distribution for the workgroup.
 
A “Core Group” of participants representing a range of interests was identified early in the process.  The Core Group is comprised of a specific list of representatives from organizations and individuals who are committed to prepare for and participate in all meetings and participate in collaborative decision-making. 
 
Core Group Members

History and Current Status of Workgroup

To better understand the workgroup discussions and level of agreement on a variety of topics, you are encouraged to begin by reading the mediator’s reports in this section.
 
The first report from September 2008 explains the accomplishments of the Workgroup prior to that point while the November 2008 report sets the scope of work for future meetings of the Workgroup. 
 
September 8, 2008 Mediator's Report
For attachments 1-3, see “Letters, Reports and Supporting Work Documents”
For attachments 4-9, see  “Work in Progress”
 
November 12, 2008 Mediator’s Report

Letters
March 21,2008 letter to Western Climate Initiative Offsets Subcommittee
May 19, 2008 letter to Western Climate Initiative Chair
August 4, 2008 letter to Western Climate Initiative Chair
 

Upcoming Meetings
Meeting dates, times and locations to be determined.

Meeting Summaries
Meeting summaries are presented here in draft form and reflect the observations of staff writing the preliminary record of the meeting. Workgroup consensus has not been obtained and these notes should not be considered as a final official record of the Workgroup’s business.
 
January 7, 2008 Meeting Summary
January 28, 2008 Meeting Summary
February 11, 2008 Meeting Summary
March 3, 2008 Meeting Summary 
March 10, 2008 Meeting Summary 
March 24, 2008 Meeting Summary 
April 7, 2008 Meeting Summary 
April 21, 2008 Meeting Summary 
May 5, 2008 Meeting Summary 
May 19, 2008 Meeting Summary 
June 2, 2008 Meeting Summary 
June 23, 2008 Meeting Summary 
July 9, 2008 Meeting Summary 
July 21, 2008 Meeting Summary 
August 4, 2008 Meeting Summary 
September 8, 2008 Meeting Summary 
September 24, 2008 Meeting Summary 

Presentations
January 28, 2008 presentation by Neil Sampson - Forest Carbon Offsets: Markets Today
 
Comparison Chart: Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) and California Climate Action Registry (CCAR)
 
Carbon from Reforestation through Product Substitution, Bruce Lippke and Jim Wilson - February 11, 2008 
 
 
The Climate Action Reserve and California Forestry Protocols - John Nickerson (CCAR) March 3, 2008 
 
Forest Carbon Basics; Harmon/Krankina (Oregon State University), March 25, 2008 
 
Buyer's Perspective on Forest Carbon Offsets - Gabe Petlin (3Degrees) April 21, 2008 
 
 
 
Graphic explaining the earth's carbon cycle
 

Work in Progress
The workgroup has not met since September 2008.  Additional work is not being done on these working drafts. This area contains those items identified by the group as working draft documents.
 
Principles Document  
The ideas expressed in this Principles Document are not agreed to by the Workgroup. It was drafted by a subcommittee of the Workgroup as a straw proposal to assess the level of agreement or disagreement on important issues.  The document has been used to focus attention on important issues and as such has been an important tool for the Workgroup.  It is posted on this site for that purpose.
 
Offsets Design Elements:
  • Baseline/Additional
Definitions and Desired Outcomes 
Matrix of Desired Outcomes and Approaches 
Mediator Notes  
These notes led to changes in an earlier draft version of the “Matrix of Desired Outcomes and Approaches”. The matrix included under “Baseline/Additional” contains those changes and is the most recent version of the matrix.
  • Permanent
Definitions and Desired Outcomes 
Matrix of Desired Outcomes and Approaches 
Mediator Notes  
These notes led to changes in an earlier draft version of the “Matrix of Desired Outcomes and Approaches”. The matrix included under “Permanent” contains those changes and is the most recent version of the matrix.
  • Leakage
Definitions and Desired Outcomes 
Matrix of Desired Outcomes and Approaches 
Mediator Notes
These notes led to changes in an earlier draft version of the “Matrix of Desired Outcomes and Approaches”. The matrix included under “Leakage” contains those changes and is the most recent version of the matrix.
  • Real
Mediator Notes 
 
 

Resources
Western Climate Initiative
 
Oregon Global Warming Commission
 
The Climate Trust 
 
Oregon Forest Resources Institute report: 
Forests, Carbon and Climate Change: A Synthesis of Science Findings 
 
A Framework for Addressing Rapid Climate Change: Final Report to the Governor 
State of Oregon, Governor's Climate Change Integration Group, January 2008 (1.9Mb)
 
Oregon Department of Forestry:
Forest Carbon Offsets - Resources and Information