Last reviewed on August 24, 2015

Climate Change and Forestry in California

Picture of sequoia forest


The goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) have focused renewed attention on California forests and the role they play in the carbon cycle. There is a need to understand how much carbon dioxide California forests are currently producing and sequestering, and how much they could sequester in the future. There is also a need to understand how management practices could potentially increase carbon sequestration and decrease greenhouse gas loss without compromising the host of other ecosystem functions forest provide, including climate regulation, protection of air and water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, recreation and other quality of life attributes for human populations.

ARB Forest-Related Activities

Forest Climate Action Team (FCAT) 

FCAT is the interagency working group dedicated to achieve the carbon sequestration goals of California's forests as set forth in the Scoping Plan Update.  California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) and CalEPA are leading the group to produce the Forest Carbon Plan in 2016.  The FCAT web site lists current activities and meetings.

GHG Inventory for Forests and Other Lands

The ARB's forest and other lands greenhouse gas inventory includes CO2 uptake and greenhouse gas emissions from wild and prescribed fires, the decomposition and combustion of residues from harvest and conversion/development, and wood products decomposition.

Compliance Offset Protocols: U.S. Forest Projects and Urban Forest Projects

ARB GHG Compliance Offset Protocols for U.S. forest projects and Urban Forest Projects are available from the Cap & Trade Program.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the forest inventory, please contact:Anny Huang, Manager, Emission Inventory Analysis Section, Phone: (916) 323-8475.  

For questions regarding the Scoping Plan Update as related to the Forest Sector (now known as the Natural and Working Lands Sector) or ARB's role in the FCAT, please contact David Mallory, manager of  the Climate Change Policy Section, Phone (916) 455-8316.