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Registration is Now Open for Collaboration on Carbon Workshop

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Collaboration on Carbon: A workshop to understand downstream impacts and the future of US forest carbon markets, is to be held June 17-18 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Registration is open now via this link, and you can download the full agenda above.

Workshop Description: 

Forest carbon market expansion presents a diverse set of social, economic, and ecological impacts. In this workshop, you are invited to share your perspectives on forests, industries, and communities. You will join with other experts, market-actors, and interests in identifying risks and collaborative solutions. This event is the culmination of a project entitled Exploring the Potential Effects of an Expanding Forest Carbon Market in the United States. Attendees will hear a summary of the project’s concept paper, survey, and mapping analysis; presentations from experts, and engage in small group discussions. Thought leaders representing a full range of perspectives and experiences on forest carbon markets are invited to participate in the workshop and contribute to the final results of the project. 

Project Partners: U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities with the team of Cambium Consulting, Spatial Informatics Group (SIG), and Dovetail Partners


Monday, June 17th

1pm - 5pm Field Tour

Partners from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry will lead a tour of the forests at Montgomery Bell State Park, engaging attendees in a discussion around creating carbon projects at varying successional stages and the role of disturbance in creating the forests of Montgomery Bell.

5:30pm - 7:30pm Welcome Reception 

Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres provided 

Tuesday, June 18th

8:30 am 


Welcome from project team partners, Dovetail Partners, Cambium Consulting, Spatial Informatics Group, US Endowment for Forestry & Communities.

Opening remarks from Heather Slayton, Tennessee State Forester and Assistant Commissioner for the Forestry Division

9:00 am 

Project Panel

Members of the project team from Dovetail Partners, Cambium Consulting, and Spatial Informatics Groups will discuss the work that has been done over the past year leading up to the workshop, including the concept paper, survey results and a demonstration of the mapping tool.



Coffee and tea provided

10:15 am

Market Insights Panel

Panelists will provide perspectives about the risks and opportunities posed by carbon markets, initiatives their organizations are working on and what innovations would help promote positive impacts from carbon markets and avoid negative impacts. 


Adam Taylor, U of TN

Claire Getty, CEO, Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods 

Trisha Johnson, Director Carbon Strategies Southern U.S. Division at TNC

Melissa Kreye, Ph.D, Penn State

Nan Pond, Head of Nature Based Research and Monitoring, Rubicon Carbon 

11:30 - 12:30 Workgroups

Participants will work in small groups to explore the mapping tool, discuss what they have heard so far and share ideas. 



Lunch provided


Large Group Discussion

Report out from small group discussions 


Policy Panel  

Panelists will discuss their perspectives on the current role of policy in carbon markets, and what kinds of policies might be most impactful going forward.


Marissa Spence, Forest Manager, Climate Action Reserve

Kelly Ryan, Executive in Residence, U.S. Endowment 

Rita Hite, CEO, American Forest Foundation, CEO, 

Julie Baroody Senior Director, Forest Carbon Innovation, Verra 



Coffee and tea provided

3:15 pm Workgroups

Participants will work in small groups to provide input to the project team about what should be prioritized for enhancing the benefits and minimizing the risks associated with forest carbon markets, as well as what they would like to see come out of the project.

4:30 - 5pm


Concluding thoughts and next steps


Lodging is available at the Montgomery Bell State Park Lodge at a rate of $160/night. You can book your room in the room block via this link. Please note that there is a limited amount of space available at the lodge, and that the room block is available at this rate until May 10. We highly recommend booking your accommodation as soon as possible.


The closest airport to Montgomery Bell State Park is the Nashville International Airport (BNA). Complimentary shuttles will be available to transport attendees between the Nashville airport and Montgomery Bell on June 17th and following the workshop on the morning of the 19th. Details and sign-ups for shuttles will be sent to registrants as the date nears. 

Hybrid Option: 

We are working to provide a hybrid option for this workshop, which will include virtual streams for workshop panels and presentations. Depending on the availability of facilitators, there may also be opportunities to engage in breakout discussions with other virtual participants. 

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