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Woodland Owner Webinar: Climate Change and Forestry

September 23, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


How can we protect our woods in a changing climate while also taking advantage of our forests as carbon sinks? This webinar will help answer these questions.

Stephen Handler, a climate change specialist with the USDA Forest Service, will discuss how you can factor climate change in forest management. He will also discuss tools to help evaluate your climate change risks.

Gabriel Burns, a climate change specialist for the MN DNR Division of Forestry, will talk about emerging carbon market opportunities for private forest landowners. He will discuss different incentive programs designed for landowners interested in improving forest health and provide an example of a landowner who benefited from enrolling their lands in an offset program. 

When: Wednesday, September 23 at 1:30 PM

Please note that this event is free, but registration is required.

To register for the webinar, click here.

You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the webinar upon registration.

1 CFE credit is available for attending the live webinar.
This webinar will also be recorded for future viewing.

About the Presenters:

Stephen Handler

Stephen Handler is a climate change specialist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. His main role with NIACS is to coordinate the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework, which involves building partnerships, assessing climate change risk, and working with forest managers and landowners to develop real-world projects to adapt and prepare for future change. Stephen moved to Houghton, MI, in 2011 and loves being a Yooper.

Abstract: Stephen will share new tools and resources that can help foresters and landowners consider climate change as a part of forest management. NIACS has produced pocket-sized “climate change field guides” for forests in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, which provide condensed information on climate risks, and tree species projections, and other information organized by forest types. For private landowners in particular, NIACS has helped produce “climate change scorecards” to help landowners evaluate climate change risks on their own properties and highlight topics to discuss with a forester. Stephen will give a tour of both of these resources, which are available for Minnesota and Wisconsin forests. 

Gabriel Burns 

Gabriel Burns is a climate change specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. His work in the division has involved developing a climate change program, drafting division level guidance on climate change mitigation and adaption strategies and estimating carbon stock and stock changes based on forest management activities. Prior to joining the DNR, Gabriel worked for a forestry and land-use consulting firm located in Freiburg, Germany, as a MRV and monitoring specialist within low-carbon land-use projects.  He now resides in Minneapolis, his home town.

Abstract: Gabriel will explore some of the emerging carbon market opportunities for private forest landowners to improve the health and value of their lands. The presentation will include a closer look at different incentive programs designed to target smaller and larger forest landowners interested in improving forest health through sustainable forest management practices, tracking project-level carbon and non-carbon benefits, and generating offset credit revenue.  Lastly, Gabriel will provide a brief overview of how a forest carbon offset project works, and share an example case study of forest landowners who have benefited from enrolling their lands into an offset project.


September 23, 2020
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm




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