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Forest Carbon Management in Central Appalachia

September 25-27, 2023

DAY 1: Monday, September 25
Time Event
7:30-8:30 am Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:40 am Welcome and Conference Logistics
Brooke Eastman, PhD, West Virginia University
8:40-9:00 am Welcome Address: Reaching New Participants for the Forest Carbon Market
Jorge Atiles, PhD, Dean of Extension & Engagement and Director of WVU Extension
9:00-10:30 am

Keynote Speakers

Headshot of Charles Canham

Charles Canham, PhD, Forest Ecologist at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Talk title: Currents Shaping the Status and Near-Term Future of the Central Appalachian Forest Carbon Sink
Read About Dr. Canham's Lecture
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Melissa Kreye, PhD, Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management at Pennsylvania State University

Talk title: Engaging and supporting private forest owners through FOCCE
Read About Dr. Kreye's Lecture
10:30-12:00 pm Nuts and Bolts of Forest Carbon Credit Programs

Short presentations and panel discussion about the different forest carbon programs that are available to landowners in the region. Hear directly from project developers themselves and get the chance to ask questions.

Moderated by: Dave McGill, Ph.D., West Virginia University

Green Assets - Rob Eckenrode, Lead Forest Carbon Analyst
Heritage Habitat and Forestry - Anthony Pappas, Owner and Lead Consultant
American Forest Foundation - Ian Forte, Senior Forestry Manager for Central Apps
Forest Carbon Works - Jason Woodfin, Appalachian Regional Forester
Natural Capital Exchange (NCX) - Zack Parisa, Co-Founder and CEO
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm

Ecology of Forest Carbon Management

Topical Lectures and Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Eddie Brzostek, Ph.D., West Virginia University
Adrienne Keller, PhD, headshot

Adrienne Keller, PhD, Climate Adaptation Specialist at the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, Michigan Technological University

Talk title: Considering Co-Benefits and Climate Adaptation in Forest Carbon Management
Read About Dr. Keller's Lecture
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Eric Marland, PhD, Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State University

Talk title: Short Term Valuations for Long Term Growth
Read About Dr. Marland's Lecture
Diana Dombrowski, PhD, headshot

Ms. Diana Dombrowski, Carbon Removal Fellow at Appalachian Voices

Talk title: Reforesting Abandoned Mine Lands for Carbon Removal
Read About Ms. Dombrowski's Lecture
Steve Chhin headshot

Steve Chhin, PhD, Associate Professor of Quantitative Forest Management at West Virginia University

Talk title: Impacts of forest management on carbon sequestration and storage
Read About Dr. Chhin's Lecture
Chad Papa Headshot

Chad Papa, Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Forest Carbon and Climate Program in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University

Talk title: Bridging the gap between forest carbon science, policy, and management with science-based communication
Read About Mr. Papa's Lecture
2:30-3:00 pm Short break
3:00-4:30 pm

Policy, Economics, and Landowner Perspectives

Topical Lectures and Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Saskia Versteeg, ME Living Carbon
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Tatyana Ruseva, PhD, Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University

Talk title: Coproducing climate benefits: The role of program design, policies and landowner participation
Read About Dr. Ruseva's Lecture
Cakey Worthington Headshot

Cakey Worthington, MEM/MF, Vice President Carbon Operations at Bluesource Sustainable Forests Company

Talk title: West Virginia’s Largest Private Forest Owner: Managing Forests for Both Carbon and Timber
Read About Ms. Worthington's Lecture
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Puskar Khanal, PhD, Assistant Professor of Forestry at Clemson University

Talk title: Willingness and Barriers of the Private Forest Landowners to Participate in the Forest Carbon Market
Read About Dr. Khanal's Lecture
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Kurt Stephenson, PhD, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech University

Talk title: Forest Carbon Credit Programs from a Landowner’s Perspective
Read About Dr. Stephenson's Lecture
Tammy Cushing Headshot

Tamara Cushing, PhD, Extension Forest Business & Economics Specialist at University of Florida

Talk title: Carbon contracts: Considering the Whole Picture for Landowners
Read About Dr. Cushing's Lecture
4:30-5:00 pm Poster Lightning Presentations

Dominick Cifelli, West Virginia University, "Examining the Impacts of Long-Term Forest Management on Soil Carbon Stocks"
Kavi Raj Awasthi, Clemson University, "Timber Production vs. Carbon Sequestration: Analyzing Hotspots in South Carolina"
Jordan Stewart, West Virginia University, "WV Forest Landowners' Perceptions of Forest Carbon Offset Programs"
Corey Foster, Glenville State University, "Ecosystem Analysis of Glenville State University's Campus Trees"
Jacob Morris, West Virginia University, "Carbon Sequestration on Abandoned Minelands"
5:00-7:00 pm Poster Session & Networking Cocktail Hour
View Poster Abstracts Here
DAY 2: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Time Event
8:00 AM Breakfast, Introduction of Breakout Session Later in Day
9:00-10:30 am

Environmental Justice and Equity

Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Brooke Eastman, Ph.D., West Virginia University
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Dylan M. Harris, PhD, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Read About Dr. Harris
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Adam Wells, Regional Director of Community and Economic Development at Appalachian Voices

Read About Adam Wells
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Stefanie Hines, JD, CPLTA, Teaching Associate Professor in Energy and Land Management at West Virginia University

Read About Stefanie Hines
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Gabe Schwartzman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Geography and Sustainability at the University of Tennessee Knoxville

Read About Dr. Schwartzman
10:30-12:00 pm

Forest Products Role in Carbon Sequestration

Topical Lectures and Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Kathryn Gazal, Ph.D., West Virginia University
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Adam Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor and Forest Products Extension Specialist at the University of Tennessee Knoxville

Talk title: Carbon implications of wood products substitution
Read About Dr. Taylor's Lecture
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Stephanie Chizmar, PhD, Research Economist at the USFS Southern Research Station

Talk title: Potential Impacts of Forest Carbon Project Activities on Forest Products Market
Read About Dr. Chizmar's Lecture
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Patrick Sherren, Director of New Products at Metzler Forest Products LLC

Talk title: Biochar Struggle in the Real World
Read About Pat Sherren's Lecture
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Eric Carlson, Principle, Carlson Natural Resources LLC and former Executive Director of the West Virginia Forestry Association

Talk title: Forest Carbon and Public Policy
Read About Eric Carlson's Lecture
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Raju Pokharel, PhD, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University

Talk title: Advancing Blockchain Technologies for Enhanced Traceability and Transparency in the Carbon in Forest Products Supply Chain
Read About Dr. Pokharel's Lecture
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3:30 pm Breakout Sessions

In these facilitated breakout sessions, conference delegates will discuss and prioritize their views of critical opportunities and challenges of forest carbon management in Central Appalachia. Through this interactive process, they will have the chance to hear diverse ideas from others and reflect on how their opinions compare with the group’s views. The process will generate information that can be used to develop a white paper and other educational materials to share the findings of this conference with the public.

3:30-4:30 pm Convene and Share-Out of Break Sessions and Post-Conference Activities
On your own for dinner/networking this evening.
DAY 3: Wednesday September 27, 2023
Time Event
8:30-1:30 pm In this field tour, participants will visit the West Virginia University Research Forest with forest director Dr. Jamie Schuler and private consulting forester Anthony Pappas. Tour stops include several forestry types and the treatments applied for research and education and will discuss how landowners are guided to decisions concerning forest carbon sequestration incentive programs. We will also see a study investigating the effects of biochar on soil pH and moisture and discuss how these soil attributes might benefit woodland salamanders. Finally, we will look over the edge of the scenic Cheat River Gorge. Lunch will be provided.
Note: Separate Registration Required
Cost: $25

Note: All meals listed on this agenda will be provided to registered participants at no additional cost.