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Forest carbon accounting

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There have been multiple conversations over the past two Legislative Sessions regarding the development of climate policy and carbon pricing. In those discussions, legislators and stakeholders have frequently referred to the role that Oregon’s forests play in sequestering carbon.

Under ORS 468A.259(i), an accurate forest carbon accounting is required to meet the directive to the Oregon Global Warming Commission (OGWC) to "track and evaluate the carbon sequestration potential of Oregon's forests, alternative methods of forest management that can increase carbon sequestration and reduce the loss of carbon sequestration to wildfire, changes in the mortality and distribution of tree and other plant species and the extent to which carbon is stored in tree-based building materials." To meet this obligation, OGWC has been pursuing a reliable source of forest inventory and carbon accounting data since 2010. In 2017, the OGWC's Forest Carbon Task Force recognized the value of preliminary data and analysis provided by the USFS Forest Inventory Analysis Program for forest carbon accounting in Oregon.

In the 2018 Session, the Legislature established the Office of Carbon Policy and included funding to further develop an assessment of the amount of carbon in Oregon’s forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is contracting work on a robust assessment that includes three phases:

Forest Carbon Study Stakeholder Committee

In conjunction with the Office of Carbon Policy, ODF initiated a Stakeholder Advisory Committee to inform the development and deliverables for each of the three phases of this work. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee includes representatives from conservation organizations, forestry industry, and tribal government. Stakeholders have been asked to provide feedback and recommendations for these reports.

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