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Open Space & Offsetting Carbon Emissions Resources

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These resources will help inform your open space and offsetting carbon emissions activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work.  You’ll also find examples of programs and materials from cities and counties.

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Alliance for Community Trees

The Alliance for Community Trees supports the needs of communities, nonprofits, businesses, and others engaged in urban forestry. Find case stories and tree organizations by state on their website.

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American Farmland Trust

The American Farmland Trust provides information and resources on farmland preservation efforts nationwide.

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American Forests

American Forests vision is to have healthy forest ecosystems for every community.

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Arcata Approves Contract for Marketing Carbon Emission Reduction

In October 2009 the Arcata city council approved an agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric to sell verified emissions reductions.

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California Air Resources Board: Climate Change and Forestry in California

Access California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) forest sector greenhouse gas inventory and other ARB forestry-related activities.

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The California Climate Action Registry

The California Climate Action Registry served as a voluntary greenhouse gas registry to protect and promote early actions to reduce GHG emissions by organizations through 2010.  The California Registry has been folded into the Climate Registry, which covers all of North America.

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California Council of Land Trusts

The California Council of Land Trusts acts as a unified voice for more than 150 land trusts working in local communities throughout California.  The Council maintains a listing of all land trusts working in California, which cities and counties can use to find potential partners for open space and agricultural preservation in the community.

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California Farmland Conservancy Program
Focus on Farmland Newsletter

Access information on the California Farmland Conservancy Program within the Department of Conservation and the Farmland Newsletter.

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California Native Plant Society

The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.

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California Oaks Program of California Wildlife Foundation

The California Oaks Program of California Wildlife Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization committed to preserving the state’s oak forest ecosystem and its rural landscapes.

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California ReLeaf

California ReLeaf works to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests.

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California Urban Forests Council

The California Urban Forests Council is dedicated to the expansion and perpetuation of sustainable urban and community forests to enhance the quality of life for all who live, work or visit in California.

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The Cost of U.S. Forest-based Carbon Sequestration
Pew Center on Global Climate Change, 2005

This report examines the potential costs of carbon sequestration policies, by assessing the cost of supplying forest-based carbon sequestration in the United States.

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The Economic Benefits of Open Space, Recreation Facilities and Walkable Community Design
Active Living Research, May 2010

This Active Living Research brief reviews research on the different ways that walkability, parks, and open spaces can bring economic benefits to a community.

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Forests for a Cooler Future
Trust for Public Land, Land & People, Fall 2007

Read the article by Erica Geis, from the fall edition of Land & People, by visiting Trust for Public Land’s website.

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Oregon Forest Resources Institute

The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute in 1991 to improve public understanding of the state’s forest resources and to encourage environmentally sound forest management through training and other educational programs for forest landowners.

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San Francisco Parklet Manual

The Parklet Manual is a comprehensive overview of the goals, policies, processes, procedures, and guidelines for creating a parklet in San Francisco. The Manual also serves as a resource for those outside of San Francisco working to establish parklet programs in their own cities.

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Sustainability Funding Resources

The following summarizes major resources to support sustainability efforts. The summary is not intended to be exhaustive. Additional targeted or other resources may be available in individual geographic areas. Because funding sources, eligibility criteria and availability change constantly, local officials are encouraged to review the programs themselves carefully.

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Tree Benefits Estimator
Sacramento Municipal Utility District

The Tree Benefits Estimator, developed by Sacramento Municipal Utility District, is a web-based tool to estimate energy savings, capacity savings and the amount of carbon sequestration that results from planting mature trees in urban and suburban settings.

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Understanding the Basics of Climate Change Cap and Trade: An Overview for Local Officials

This whitepaper provides a general overview of the concept of cap-and-trade as it relates to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also offers information about key issues of interest to local officials and suggests resources to learn more.

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Union of Concerned Scientists – Forests and Climate Change

Access the Union of Concerned Scientists website to read about how forests play a critical role in climate change and forest solutions that can substantially decrease the severity of climate change.

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U.S. Forest Service Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics Program

The US Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station offers reliable scientific evidence that the benefits of urban forests add real value to communities.  Access research and tools from the Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics Program.

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