Minnesota Forest Carbon Series: Carbon Markets

Composite image of a hardwood stand (left) and logs (right)

As the first event in our Minnesota Forests and Carbon Series, this three-day event is designed to review the why, who, and how of forest-based carbon markets. We’ll hear from representatives of forest carbon credit programs serving large and small-acreage owners and public and private landowners who are actively involved in carbon markets on their land. We’ll also spend an optional day in the woods visiting stands to visually compare and contrast forest carbon inventory data and projections in a variety of stands. At the end of the program, you should have a strong understanding of key terms and concepts, how different carbon credit programs work and which, if any, might be right for your land.

Approximate agenda: 

September 28 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon: 

Speaking a Common Language: Forest Carbon Terminology and Concepts. Meredith Cornett and/or Lilli Kaarakka (see their related paper Improved forest management as a natural climate solution: A review)

Panel: Companies involved in carbon markets on large ownerships. 

  • Alex Macintosh - NCX 
  • Matt Smith - Finite Carbon and Core Carbon 
  • Kyle Holland - Forest Carbon Works
  • Jonathan Shears - AFF/TNC Family Forest Carbon Program 

Open discussion and Q&A

September 29 from 9:00 to 11:15am: 

Panel of landowners and landowner service providers involved in carbon markets: 

    • Blandin - Quintin Legler or Sawyer Scherer
    • Molpus - Craig Halla
    • Minnesota Office of School Trust Lands - Aaron VandeLinde
    • Steigerwaldt Land Services - Forrest Gibeault

Open discussion and Q&A

September 30 from 9:00am to noon and 1:00 to 4:00pm:

Two offerings of the same field tour - plan to attend one or the other, not both. Field site visits at the Cloquet Forestry Center. We'll visit stands exhibiting a range of stocking and species compositions, presenting current carbon estimates. In each case we'll discuss potential management and associated returns based on existing carbon market conditions and program offerings. Tour will be led by Kyle Gill, Matt Russell, and Eli Sagor of the University of Minnesota. 

What to expect: This is a hybrid event, with two short days online followed by an optional field day. Registration price varies based on your field day attendance plans. 

Covid-19 protocols: The field day will be entirely outside. Consistent with University of Minnesota Covid-19 guidelines, we will maintain physical distance but masks or other face coverings are not required.

Date: September 28-30, 2021 
Location: Online, with field sites at the Cloquet Forestry Center
Cost: Costs are listed with / without field day registration: $50/75 for SFEC Members, $90/115 for Non-Members (others), $35/50 for students
CEUs: Approved by SAF. Online only: 4.5 Cat. 1. Field tour: 2.5 Cat. 1.

Register Here

Registration fees will increase 10% after 5pm on September 24.

This event is supported in part by the Minnesota Forest Resources CouncilAll interested learners are welcome. For accommodations related to ability please contact Eli Sagor at esagor@umn.edu or (218) 409-6115. 

Contact Us

Eli Sagor, SFEC Program Manager
esagor@umn.edu | 218-409-6115