On October 10, 2011, the California Air Resources Board released a draft plan for managing any adverse impacts to forests which might occur as a result of forest offset projects associated with the California cap-and-trade rule. The key elements of the plan include identifying relevant sources of forest data, analyzing the data to determine if an adverse impact is caused by the cap-and-trade program, identifying potential actions to remedy the impact, and a commitment by ARB to take action.
TWS has submitted recommendations for improving and further developing the draft plan (see below). Forests and wildlands play an important part in the fight against climate change. By keeping our forests as healthy as possible, we improve their ability to adapt to a warming world and ensure that forests are able to continue providing us with clean water, clean air, carbon storage, and flood protection.