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1 Ohio Sierra Club Forests and Public Lands Committee 2008-2009

2 2008-2009 Columbia Gas/DoF pipeline maintenance agreement DNR funding discussions Forest Legacy projects DoF Strategic Plan NiSource ITP Drilling on State Parks

3 2008-2009 State Forest harvest bids Shawnee Cuts and burns Prescribed Burns on State Forests Wayne National Forest projects Woody Biomass, a new threat

4 2009 work A strategy to offer opportunities to state forests and to the Wayne National Forest that supports ecosystem services. A strategy to offer opportunities to state forests and to the Wayne National Forest that supports ecosystem services. This supports the National Sierra Club Energy Policy to decrease GHG emissions. However, forests are not part of the current 2006 policy. This supports the National Sierra Club Energy Policy to decrease GHG emissions. However, forests are not part of the current 2006 policy.

5 Forest Ecosystem Services Forests are one of the most important renewable natural resources supplying fuel, building materials, paper and other forest products. This including non-wood products, such as fruit, cocoa, coconut, rubber, coffee Ohio woodland products as Paw Paw, ginseng and herbaceous plants.

6 Forest Ecosystem Services Forests provide essential ecosystem services that are not usually not monetarily compensated as: Protect and filter watersystems and watersheds Conserving biodiversity and gene-pools Regulation of the water cycle and climate

7 Forest Ecosystem Services Soil formation, nutrient recycling, and plant pollination Provide a net increase in oxygen provided by plant and tree growth The provision of high quality managed water flows from forested catchments

8 Forest Ecosystem Services Habitats for native flora and fauna Habitats for native flora and fauna The control of surface runoff to limit erosion of soil as well as improving water quality Wetlands and their nutrient cycling, filtering

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10 Forest Ecosystem Services USFS webpage on forest ecosystem services. http://www.fs.fed.us/ecosystemservices/ http://www.fs.fed.us/ecosystemservices/A bout_ES/index.shtml http://www.fs.fed.us/ecosystemservices/A bout_ES/index.shtml

11 Forest Ecosystem Services Costa Rica and others as models, funding by World Bank, companies and governments. Costa Rica and others as models, funding by World Bank, companies and governments. http://www.cites.org/eng/prog/economics /ppt/World_Bank.pdf http://www.cites.org/eng/prog/economics /ppt/World_Bank.pdf http://www.cites.org/eng/prog/economics /ppt/World_Bank.pdf http://www.cites.org/eng/prog/economics /ppt/World_Bank.pdf

12 Forest Ecosystem Services Carbon Sequestration and Forests Forests are the worlds most important terrestrial storehouses of of carbon and play an important role in controlling climate. The worlds remaining forest ecosystems store an estimated 638 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon. This is stored in the forest biomass, forest floor and soil. There is approximately 50% more carbon in forests than in in the atmosphere. (Climate Change and Forests, 2008)

13 Forest Ecosystem Resources 2006 Review on the Economics of Climate Change commissioned by Nicholas Stern, former chief economist of the World Bank; identified avoided deforestation as the cheapest option for mitigating increases in emissions of greenhouse gases.

14 Forest Ecosystem Services Curbing deforestation is a highly cost- effective way of reducing GHG emissions and has the potential to offer significant reductions rather quickly…Encouraging new forests and enhancing the potentials of soils to store carbon offer further opportunities to reverse emissions from land use change. Climate Change and Forests, 2006 p. 25-26 Climate Change and Forests, 2006 p. 25-26

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17 Forest Ecosystem Services UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Bali December 2007, included avoided deforestation, (reducing emissions from deforestation and forestation degration) in the Bali Action Plan. This plan will be implemented when Kyoto Protocal expires in 2012. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Bali December 2007, included avoided deforestation, (reducing emissions from deforestation and forestation degration) in the Bali Action Plan. This plan will be implemented when Kyoto Protocal expires in 2012.

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19 Forest Ecosystem Services Chicago Climate Exchange Cap and Trade May trade when use less emissions than contracted for Forests are used as offsets

20 Forest Ecosystem Services Forests must be registered with the CCX Afforestation, forest enrichment, and conservation projects Certain percentage of CO2 tonnage is necessary Encourages conservation, afforestation or reforestation.

21 Sierra Club Energy Policy http://www.sierraclub.org/policy/conserva tion/energy.pdf http://www.sierraclub.org/policy/conserva tion/energy.pdf http://www.sierraclub.org/policy/conserva tion/energy.pdf http://www.sierraclub.org/policy/conserva tion/energy.pdf

22 Forest Ecosystem Services http://www.fs.fed.us/ecosystemservices/c arbon.shtml http://www.fs.fed.us/ecosystemservices/c arbon.shtml

23 Forest Ecosystem Services Budapest Conference in carbon markets 2007 http://www.joanneum.at/climate/Worksho p%20Budapest/Presentations/Monday%20 morning/Joachim%20Sell_Factor%20JI%2 0LULUCF%20CEU%20070521.pdf http://www.joanneum.at/climate/Worksho p%20Budapest/Presentations/Monday%20 morning/Joachim%20Sell_Factor%20JI%2 0LULUCF%20CEU%20070521.pdf

24 Ecosystem Services Ecosystem Services of Tropical Forests to be Protected with Precedent-Setting Memorandum November 20, 2008 California, Illinois and Wisconsin joined forces with six states in Brazil and Indonesia to fight climate change, the states will develop programs that will protect and restore tropical rainforests to ensure the safety of these essential carbon sinks and are willing to pay for the service the tropical forests are providing: storing and absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide.

25 Ecosystem Services "This would open the door for carbon credits derived from protecting forests to be used for compliance purposes under US climate legislation," said Toby Janson-Smith, the senior director for forest carbon markets in CI's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. "International negotiators will see that it can be done in a credible and robust way, and that reducing emissions from deforestation should finally be included in the global climate change framework."

26 Forest Ecosystem Services Nature Valuation and Financing Network A Network established to stimulate development of practical tools for proper valuation of goods and services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity, so that decisions about economic development are made with full understanding of all costs and benefits involved. www.naturevaluation.org www.naturevaluation.org

27 Ecosystem Services Brent Sohngen OSU Forest Economist Brent Sohngen OSU Forest Economist http://aede.osu.edu/people/sohngen.1/for ests/ccforest.htm http://aede.osu.edu/people/sohngen.1/for ests/ccforest.htm

28 Ecosystem Services Heartwood Economic Analysis of the 2006 Wayne National Forest Management Plan. Management activities had substantial economic costs while providing questionable public benefits. Impact tourism and deminish the capacity of the WNF to deliver ecosystem services

29 Economic and Ecosystems Services Analysis of the Shawnee Ohio Sierra Club, Ohio Environmental Council, Buckeye Forest Council, Voices for the Forest, Friends of the Shawnee Forest, have collaborated to hire Greenfire, an environmental economic analysis group to provide an analysis of the Shawnee State Forest management plan.

30 Economic Analysis Promote report through the media Meet with Sean Logan, Director of ODNR Meet with David Lytle, Chief of Forests ODNR Work to expand analysis to other state forests.

31 Economic Analysis Model for future work

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33 Forest Call Upcoming National Forest Call January 22 8:00 p.m. EST January 22 8:00 p.m. EST 1-866-501-6174 849-0000# 1-866-501-6174 849-0000#


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