Natural and Working Lands Sector
GHG Reductions and Carbon Sequestration Goals for California's Forests, Rangelands, Wetlands, and Farms
Natural and Working Lands Email Updates
What's NewDraft Forest Carbon Plan released on January 20, 2017
- Public comments are being taken through Feb. 23, 2017
- Public Workshop on Feb. 16, 2017, 1:00-4:00 PM (PST) in Sacramento
- Natural and Working Lands Joint Agency Public Workshop - December 14, 2016 - Carbon sequestration modeling methods and initial results
- Public Workshop on the 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update: GHG Policy Scenarios, Natural & Working Lands, and Public Health Analysis - November 7, 2016
- Ag Sector - Fresno Public Workshop - April 27, 2016
- Natural and Working Lands Joint Agency Public Workshop - March 23, 2016
- FCAT Public Workshops - March 23 & 24, 2016
- Governor's 2030 Pillar Symposium for Natural and Working Lands - August 5, 2015
Public Comments submitted through the August 31, 2015 deadline
Governor's 2030 GHG Reduction Pillar
In his 2015 State of the State address, Governor Brown called for policies and actions to reduce GHG emissions from agriculture and natural and working lands, which include forests, rangelands, farms, wetlands, and soils. These lands have the ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through biological processes, and to then sequester carbon in above- and below-ground matter. Effective land management and conservation practices benefit these goals.The following links are information about several ways California is proceeding to meet the 2030 target in the natural and working lands and agriculture sectors:
- Forest Carbon Plan
- Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy
- Healthy Soils Initiative
- Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program
- State Wildlife Action Plan
- Bioenergy Action Plan
- State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program
- Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program
- Sierra Nevada Forest and Community Initiative Action Plan
- CAL FIRE Climate Change Program
- Urban and Community Forestry Program
- State Water Action Plan
- Wetlands Restoration Program
- California Eco Restore
- Bay Delta Conservation Plan
- Bay Delta Action Plan
The governor's 2030 targets for GHG emission reductions, and the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update have focused renewed attention on California's natural and working lands and the role they play in the carbon cycle. There is a need to understand how much carbon dioxide and other GHG emissions California's natural and working lands are currently producing and sequestering, and how much they could sequester in the future. There is also a need to understand how management practices could potentially increase carbon sequestration and decrease GHG emissions without compromising the host of other ecosystem functions natural and working lands provide, including commercial products such as food, fiber, and wood; protection of air and water quality; biodiversity and wildlife habitat; recreational opportunities and tourism; and other quality of life attributes.
Natural and Working Lands Related Links and More InformationContinued inventory development and improvement of carbon management activities are critical components of implementing AB 32 and the Governor's GHG emissions reduction and carbon sequestration targets.
- Fact Sheet on Natural and Working Lands
- Forestry and Climate in California
- What Is Carbon Sequestration?
- Reducing Short-Lived Cimate Pollutants
- Forests and Other Lands GHG Inventory
Cap-and-Trade Compliance Offset Protocols
ARB's Compliance Offset Protocols for agricultural- and forest-related projects are part of the Cap-and-Trade Program, which incentivizes GHG emissions reduction projects and carbon sequestration projects on agricultural and forest lands.
Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds
ARB's auctions of GHG allowances have provided funding through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to support California Climate Investments. These investments have funded GHG emissions reduction and carbon sequestration projects on natural and working lands.
Related Agency LinksThe following are many agencies that are working on projects related to natural and working lands; this list is not all-inclusive:
For Scoping Plan Update information regarding Natural and Working
contact Trish Johnson.
See also contacts at the bottom of this page: AB
32 Scoping Plan Update
For Natural and Working Lands and Agriculture sector technical information, please email David Mallory, Manager, Climate Change Policy Section, or call 916-445-8316. For questions about this web page, please email Lori Gilbert, or call 916-322-2362.
For Cap-and-Trade, forest or agriculture offsets, and other related questions, please refer to: Cap and Trade Contacts.
For email notifications on the 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update and other climate change program items, please join the Climate Change listserve.