Avoided Wildfire Emissions Kickoff Webinar
October 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Please join the Reserve for an overview of the Climate Forward program’s Avoided Wildfire Emissions Forecast Methodology development process.
The Reserve is developing a forecast methodology under its Climate Forward program to recognize the climate benefits associated with fuel treatment activities that lower the risk of catastrophic forest fires and the emissions associated with them. Megafires across the western U.S. have increased in scale, intensity, and frequency and have become major emissions sources. Known management options, such as mechanical fuel treatments and prescribed fires, can moderate the severity of such fires and provide GHG benefits over the long term, in addition to limiting other impacts, including the loss of life, property destruction, and impaired air and water quality.
The methodology is being developed in partnership with Spatial Informatics Group (SIG) and will build on SIG’s prior work in this area and draw from a range of stakeholders with expertise in the ecology and GHG impacts of wildfires, as well as in carbon project development. Funding support is being provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) through a Forest Health Grant as part of the California Climate Investments Program, as well as by Element Markets and the Coalition for the Upper South Platte.