Governor Schwarzenegger to Reduce Carbon Footprint Using Emissions

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					                           Press Release – The Pacific Forest Trust

March 12, 2007                            Contact: Randall Beren, Communications Director
                                                   The Pacific Forest Trust – 415.561.0700


        Governor Schwarzenegger to Reduce Carbon Footprint
       Using Emissions Offsets from Forest Conservation Project
          Climate Benefits of Working Forests are Key to Combating Global Warming

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to offset the
carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by his jet travel (both personal and official) by
supporting the Pacific Forest Trust’s Van Eck Forest Project – a forest conservation and
stewardship project that will permanently reduce approximately 500,000 tons of CO2
emissions over a 100-year period. This is the first emissions reductions project registered
with and following the rigorous standards of the California Climate Action Registry.


"California is a leader in the fight against global warming. I look forward to working
with organizations like the Pacific Forest Trust because it is important that we continue
to focus on innovative ways to reduce our society's carbon footprint," says Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Owned by the Fred M. van Eck Forest Foundation, the 2,200-acre Van Eck Forest in
Humboldt County is a working redwood forest conserved and managed by the Pacific
Forest Trust (PFT) to increase carbon stores, restore biodiversity and old growth
qualities, and provide habitat for endangered species. Therefore, in addition to helping
cool the climate, the Van Eck Forest Project helps protect wildlife habitat, safeguard clean
water and sustain rural communities and jobs for the benefit of all Californians.


Forests like Van Eck provide climate benefits by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and
storing it as carbon in trees for hundreds of years. California’s coastal redwood forests –
which grow the fastest, largest and for the longest period of time – are especially vital as
they are among the most productive forest carbon “sinks” in the world. Because older
forests store more CO2 in their trees than do younger forests, managing the Van Eck
Forest to store more carbon will result in substantially greater stores of carbon sooner
than could be achieved by planting trees or from conventional management practices –
a major climate benefit.


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"Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere comes from two sources: fossil fuels and forest loss,"
says PFT President Laurie Wayburn. “To successfully address climate change, we must
work on both sources, complementing the major focus on fossil fuels with actions for
forests. We applaud the Governor’s leadership in backing the conservation and carbon
management of working forests.”


The Governor will pay the Fred M. van Eck Forest Foundation from his own personal
funds to acquire the Van Eck Forest Project offsets. The Pacific Forest Trust will represent
the landowner.


Forest loss, scientists agree, is responsible for roughly 25% of all man-made, global CO2
emissions today (and more than 40% in the past when forestlands were cleared for fuel,
cities and farmlands). In the U.S., for example, roughly 1.5 million acres of forests are
currently lost to development and conversion each year. Figured conservatively, this
forest loss results in the release of 275 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere –
a release equivalent to one year’s emissions output by 53 million vehicles.


Schwarzenegger’s commitment to offset the impact his air travel has on global warming
expands upon similar efforts by other high-ranking California officials and demonstrates
growing, bi-partisan support for forests and their climate benefits.


Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez (D), who shares the Governor’s desire to see California
lead the climate change movement and who authored AB 32, has worked with PFT to use
Van Eck Forest carbon to offset travel to various climate-related events including his
recent trip to Washington D.C. to testify before the Senate’s Environment and Public
Works Committee.


“Forests are one of the amazing environmental treasures California holds in trust for the
future and carbon offsets are an important new tool in our fight against climate change,”
states Speaker Núñez. “Being able to lower our carbon footprint and lessen global
warming at the same time we’re boosting our forests and their benefits, that’s an easy
win-win for California and the world.”



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Secretary Linda Adams of the California Environmental Protection and her deputy
secretary, Eileen Tutt, also used Van Eck forest carbon last December to offset the CO2
emissions generated by their trip to attend the United Nations Climate Change
Conference for the 2nd Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Kenya.


“This is a new concept that we are pioneering in California with the Pacific Forest Trust,”
comments Secretary Linda Adams of the California Environmental Protection Agency.
“This is something the Governor personally feels is the right thing to do.”


Van Eck Forest Project emission reductions are highly credible, high-quality offsets
because:

      • the Project follows the rigorous, standardized accounting requirements called for
      in the California Climate Action Registry Forest Protocols that will include
      third-party verification and yearly monitoring

      • their permanence is assured by a conservation easement (held by PFT) that
      guides long term forestry and prevents the forestlands from being developed or
      converted to other uses

      • the sustainable forestry practiced on Van Eck will result in more carbon being
      sequestered than could be attained through conventional management, as
      measured against a baseline of “business as usual” practices


”The Van Eck Forest Project meets the highest standards, providing real, significant and
durable sequestration,” says California Climate Action Registry President Diane
Wittenberg.


Studies by Oregon State University scientists Mark Harmon and Olga Krankina show
that forests managed to achieve increased carbon stores could lead to an additional 25
billion metric tons of carbon stored globally over the next 50 years. Matched by
reductions in fossil fuel use, investments in the conservation, restoration and carbon
management of working forests would enable the US to become carbon neutral and
begin repairing the climate.

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             For Van Eck Forest Project maps, photos and charts, please visit
                http://www.pacificforest.org/news/GovernorOffsets.html

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The Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to protecting
America’s private working forests for all their public benefits and is a leading advocate for the
climate benefits of forests. In California, PFT has been instrumental in crafting legislation and
policies that ensure the role of forests in the State’s climate change programs and has registered
the first emission reductions project with the California Climate Action Registry. Nationally, PFT
published the landmark “Forest Carbon in the United States” report and is advising state
governments and federal leaders about the inclusion of forest conservation and sustainable
management in climate policies, markets and best-practices. To learn more about the Pacific Forest
Trust and our campaigns, please visit www.PacificForest.org.



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