Climate Friendly Forests, presented by Professor William Keeton

Date and Time:

February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Jessica Swift Community Room, Ilsley Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, VT

Forests fight climate change by sequestering and storing carbon, and many are asking how we can strengthen this carbon capture capacity even further through excellent forestry and land conservation. And now there are major financial incentives for climate friendly forest management offered by rapidly developing domestic and international carbon markets. But challenges range from the technical complexity of carbon forestry to the bewildering array of different carbon market types and mechanisms, not to mention the formidable requirements governing the forestry and conservation projects generating emissions offsets. In this talk, UVM Forestry Professor Dr. William Keeton will break out the key points landowners and conservationists need to know.

The talk will cover – basic carbon science; carbon forestry; and markets, offsets, and carbon projects. The talk will also discuss the findings of a recently completed feasibility study commissioned by the Vermont Land Trust.

UVM Professor of Forest Ecology, William Keeton, directs the Carbon Dynamics Laboratory and is a Fellow in the Gund Institute for Environment. His research focuses on forest dynamics, riparian ecology, forest carbon, old-growth forests, and sustainable forest management. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources, a Masters in Conservation Biology and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology.