Considering the Contributions of Forests in the Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014  |  12:30 – 2:00 pm
Resources for the Future
1616 P Street NW, Washington DC
Light buffet lunch begins at 12:30 pm

Registration for in-person attendance is required.
To RSVP for this event, please visit RFF’s event registration page.


Responsible management of US temperate forests can play an important and ongoing role in climate change mitigation at a national and international scale. This first Wednesday briefing event co-sponsored by Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Society of American Foresters (SAF) will delve into some of the questions that surround carbon accounting and forest management. The event, moderated by Resources for the Future Fellow Dr. Roger Sedjo, will feature presentations by Dr. David Cleaves explaining the integral role of the US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program in determining carbon stocks; University of California at Berkeley Specialist, Dr. William Stewart, describing the results of his recent research comparing best practices and regulator’s assumptions concerning the carbon profiles of managed forests and the harvested products from managed forests in Northern California; and Dr. Robert Malmsheimer discussing the recent work of the Society of American Foresters Carbon Accounting Team to dissect the latest science underlying these discussions.

This event will also be webcast live starting at 12:45 p.m. Join the webcast at
Have a question for the panel while watching the live webcast? Simply tweet your question of 140 characters or less and include the hashtag #AskRFF. Watch the Q&A at the end of the event to see if it is selected.


Moderator: Dr. Roger Sedjo, senior fellow at Resources for the Future and director of RFF’s Forest Economics and Policy Program

In addition to biomass energy and carbon emissions accounting, Roger’s interests include forests and global environmental problems, climate change and biodiversity, timber supply modeling, and land use change. He has written or edited 15 books related to natural resources and hundreds of peer reviewed papers.  Sedjo has recently served on the EPA Scientific Advisory Board addressing questions of carbon regulations for biomass energy.  Other relevant bioenergy activities include: service as the co-chair of the committee of authors who wrote the chapter on biological sinks for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Third Assessment Report; representation of RFF on the Board of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, which certifies the management practices of US forests; and participation on the Forest Service’s Second Committee of Scientists.



Dr. David A. Cleaves, Climate Change Advisor to the Chief, USDA Forest Service

Dave serves the Chief, executive leadership, and the field by coordinating activities related to climate change adaptation, mitigation, and communication. He is the primary spokesperson for the Agency on the role of forests in climate change and leads the implementation of the Forest Service’s nationwide strategy for weaving climate change response into policies, processes, and partnerships. Dave was formerly the Deputy Administrator for the Agency’s $300 million Science and Technology Program consisting of 75 labs and 3000 employees at five regional research stations, the national Forest Products Lab, the Institute of Tropical Forestry, and 83 Experimental Forests.

Dave has a B.S. and M.S. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in economics from Texas A&M University.


Dr. William Stewart, Cooperative Extension Forestry Specialist with the University of California, Berkeley

Bill is the Co-Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Forestry and Center for Fire Research and Outreach. He has a M.S. and Ph.D. in forest economics and policy from the University of California Berkeley and a B.S. in Environmental Earth Sciences from Stanford University. He was a co-author of “Managing Forests Because Carbon Matters: Integrating Energy, Products, and Land Management Policy” that was published as a special supplement of the Journal of Forestry in 2011. His research and extension work focuses on the linkages between managed forests and climate change, the interaction of land management and fires in Western interior forests, and succession planning with family forest owners.


Dr. Robert Malmsheimer (PhD, JD), Professor at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Bob teaches courses in natural resources policy, environmental law, and natural resources law.  His research focuses on how laws and the legal system affect natural resources management, including how carbon accounting policies affect forest and natural resources.  Before becoming a professor, he practiced law for six years. Malmsheimer is a SAF Fellow in the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and has twice chaired the SAF Committee on Forest Policy. In 2007, and again in 2011, he chaired SAF Task Forces that analyzed and synthesized the scientific literature for managing forests for carbon, product, energy, and environmental benefits.

Questions? Contact Danielle Watson at

Registration for in-person attendance is required.
To RSVP for this event, please visit RFF’s event registration page.

This event has been approved for 1.0 Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education credits.


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