6.1.3 State-Level Commercial Forest and Agricultural Resource Management

LPDD Recommendation: “In the absence of a federal cap-and-trade regime, states (or groups of states on a regional basis) should consider integrating offset programs that preserve forests and meet additional criteria into climate-related policies they develop.”

LPDD Recommendation: “States could adopt programs to provide economic payments to bioenergy feedstock producers to reforest/replant cultivated acreage, to engage in management methods that sequester more carbon during the cultivation process, and to ensure that other “competing” land values are also protected.”

LPDD Recommendation: “States should adopt or expand programs aimed at GHG emissions mitigation or sequestration from the forestry or agricultural sectors.”

LPDD Recommendation: “States should adopt policies to keep forests from being converted to cropland, keep natural and biodiverse forests from being converted to biofuel forests, increase carbon sink potential of agricultural soils by forestalling con­version to more carbon-intensive uses, and protect watersheds and biodiversity from natural resource conversion related to residential, industrial, and commercial development.”

LPDD Recommendation: “States should consider implementing policies aimed at more stringently regulating, preserving, and expanding forest lands.”

LPDD Recommendation: “States that are more inclined to regulate land uses should work together on a regional basis to preserve natural carbon sinks and to alleviate concerns of pushing economic growth into other jurisdictions.”

LPDD Recommendation: “State legislatures could adjust commercial forest management programs to more directly integrate deep decar­bonization objectives, particularly related to regeneration, regulation (or prevention) of conversion of feedstock forests to other, non-forested uses, and regulation of GHG-emitting technology utilized during the feedstock cultivation process.”

Idaho Forest Practices Act

Promotes active forest management and identifies standards for logging, road building, reforestation, streamside protection and other forest practices.

Washington Forest Practices Act

Contains forest practices rules which establish standards for timber harvesting, pre-commercial thinning, road construction, fertilization, forest chemical application and other forest practices applications.

Oregon Forest Practices Act

Sets standards for all commercial activities involving the establishment, management, or harvesting of trees on Oregon’s forestlands.

Massachusetts Forest Cutting Practices Act

Requires forest owners to submit a forest cutting plan, upon which the state conducts a field review to ensure that best management practice are utilized and that forest regeneration standard are met.

California Forest Practice Act

Requires approval for any conversion of forestland larger than three contiguous acres to non-forest uses, thereby acting as a gatekeeper for preserving the forest base.