Everyone's talking about the role of forests in addressing climate change and how to count forestry in carbon markets. To help demystify some of the issues a great presentation is available from Doug Heiken of Oregon Wild.
In other related news to watch: The new US administration is creating a new Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets in the Department of Agriculture.
According to the Christian Science Monitor:
For now, the focus is on cataloging land-use activities that trap carbon and developing an acceptable standard for measuring them. The first step is setting up verifiable national standards – eco-bean counting for carbon sequestration as a 21st-century commodity crop.