The Farm and Forest Carbon Solutions Task Force will shape policy recommendations that enhance the role of American agriculture and forestry as valuable natural climate solutions and provide new revenue streams to farmers, ranchers, and foresters. Co-chaired by former Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Saxby Chambliss, the task force includes leaders across industry, agriculture, and forestry; environmental and conservation nonprofits; trade associations; and former government officials.
America’s natural and working lands underpin the national economy—sustaining food supply, generating timber, and providing wildlife habitat, recreation resources, and environmental benefits. These lands can further deliver natural climate solutions, including carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions reductions in agriculture and forests, often while supporting rural economies, improving the profitability of producer operations, and further enhancing the many values Americans rely upon from these landscapes. In fact, nature-based solutions are emerging as a vital element of any comprehensive approach to address the risks of climate change.
BPC’s work builds from decades of experience supporting voluntary and incentive-driven conservation solutions for America’s farm, ranch and forest landowners and is timed to respond to growing interest from Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and corporations pursuing net-zero emission pledges that include natural climate solutions. Markets for carbon credits, new incentive programs, and other tools could generate tens of billions of dollars per year in new investment for working lands within a decade. If the U.S. can establish an efficient and workable framework for supporting these opportunities and verifying their contributions, farmers and forest owners stand to generate substantial new streams of income while contributing to a climate solution.
The Task Force will meet throughout 2021.
Former Senator, Georgia
Former Senator, North Dakota
Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Executive Director
American Forests, President & CEO
Environmental Defense Fund, Director of Government Affairs
Weyerhaeuser, Director of Corporate Sustainability
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, President & CEO
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
BPC Senior Fellow
U.S. Dairy Export Council, President & CEO
Amazon, Head of Energy Policy, North America
University of Georgia Center for Forest Business, Director
LJ Conservation Matters, LLC, CEO
Compatible Lands Foundation, Board Member
USDA NRCS, Former Acting Chief
Solutions from the Land, Founding Chair
Former California Secretary of Agriculture
American Forest Foundation, President & CEO
USA Rice, Vice President, Government Affairs
National Wildlife Federation, President & CEO
LWP Consulting, President
Indigo Ag, Advisor
Idaho Forest Group, Director of Resource & Government Affairs
Minnesota/National Corn Growers Association, Board Member
National Indian Carbon Coalition, Program Director
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