Carbon Friendly Forestry

What is “Carbon Friendly Forestry?” It’s two things actually. First, it was a conference put on by the Washington Environmental Council, a Seattle-based environmental organization. Second, it’s an idea that forestry can be environmentally friendly and have a positive impact on climate change through carbon management. The key to this is getting forestland managers and leading environmentalists working together. Depending on your background you may think it sounds simple enough or you might think the approach is doomed before it gets started. As you’ll read, I fall into the believer category.

I was fortunate to be asked to conduct two breakout sessions at the event held in September 2017. It was held at the Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac. If you have never been there it’s a great setup. Feels like you’re deep in the forest, yet you’re only a few blocks from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I don’t know the exact attendance, but I would estimate that it was close to 200 professionals. The group ranged from professional forestland managers, conservation group leaders, university scientists, to architects. I missed some, but it was a diverse group. I love speaking to groups like this. It provides questions from people that I don’t often hear from. This provides excellent perspective. read more >>