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GC3 Working Group Meeting: Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry - Shared screen with speaker view
Amanda Fargo-Johnson
Amanda Fargo-Johnson, CT Resource Conservation & Development - hello fellow WG members!
Lori Brown
Lori Brown, Executive DirectorCT League of Conservation Voters
Chelsea Gazillo
Chelsea Gazillo -- American Farmland Trust/ Working Lands Alliance. Hello everyone!
Eric Hammerling, CFPA
Hi All, Eric Hammerling with the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA). Thanks for coming!
Hannah Reichle
Hello All, Hannah Reichle- CT MetroCOG Regional Planner.
Jason White, CAES Director
Jason White, PhD; Director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES)
Andrea Urbano, CT DEEP Division of Forestry
Andrea Urbano, CT DEEP Division of Forestry
Lisa Hayden
Lisa Hayden, New England Forestry Foundation
Christopher Martin, DEEP Forestry
Welcome everyone. Glad you can join us today.
Robert Fahey - UConn
Good morning! Robert Fahey, UConn Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
Chris Donnelly
Chris Donnelly - retired DEEP urban forestry. licensed arborist and forester. CT Urban Forest Council
Mark Ashton - Yale
Hello all. Mark Ashton, Senior Associate Dean at the Forest School at the Yale School of Environment
Mary Buchanan
Mary Buchanan, Community Resilience Planner at CIRCA, and liaison to the EEJ working group
Rebecca French, CT DEEP
For those joining later...in case you missed it, if you are working group member please feel free to be on camera and introduce yourself in the chat. You can also rename yourself with your affiliation next to your name.
Rebecca French, CT DEEP
For those joining the working group meeting from the general public, thank you for being here. If you would like to sign up to provide a public comment when we reach that portion of the meeting, please send me a direct message.
Chris Donnelly
A clarifying question regarding Eric's presentation. Eric, you mentioned that tree cover is correlated with income level - a statement that is probably true with regards to urban areas. However, if we looked at just rural areas, I wonder if this would still be true. It might well be the reverse in rural or semi-rural areas - greater canopy cover is reverse associated with income level. This brings up the question of the potential economic value of rural forests.
Eric Hammerling, CFPA
Good point, Chris! You're correct that my framing was focused on tree cover in urban areas rather than rural areas.
Ann and Frank Zitkus
The amount of sequestration in adult / old growth forests is much higher than in young forests...the higher "rate of sequestration" in young forests is continually mentioned, and while the case, this statement does not clearly state that carbon sequestration in adult / old growth forests is more critical in the efforts to mitigate climate change impacts than timbering forests in favor of young trees over older ones. Also, as alluded to, timbering is a carbon emitting event for decades. These comments are made in reference to our Public Forests (not privately owned land where landowners are free to decide how to steward their land).
Andrea Urbano, CT DEEP Division of Forestry
a friendly reminder to submit public comment requests to Rebecca French and to reserve these comments/questions until the public comment portion of the agenda.
Jason White, CAES Director
I have to leave for another meeting; thanks for the very informative presentations
Amanda Fargo-Johnson, CT RC&D
Very informative today, thank you. I need to jump for a 12pm meeting. See you all next time.
Robert Fahey - UConn
Chris mentioned recent work on developing a research agenda and demonstration sites focused on Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change practices that can be applied in southern New England, details here: https://www.adaptivesilviculture.org/SNEoak
Rebecca French, CT DEEP
Please use raise hand function for working group member discussion.
Chris Donnelly
I have a couple of comments
Rebecca French, CT DEEP
Chat at this time is reserved for working group members
Robert Fahey - UConn
We are working with DEEP to develop statewide urban tree canopy assessments and also plantable space assessments to help facilitate tree planting/planning initiatives - we will be sharing those products as a they are finalized
Jean de Smet
I'd like to speak in public comment. Jean de Smet
Eric Hammerling, CFPA
Absolutely agree, Tom. Good point!
Rebecca French, CT DEEP
if anyone else would like to provide public comment, please send me a message
Andrea Urbano, CT DEEP Division of Forestry
great points Tom, for whatever it's worth I agree it would behoove us to invest in the future forestry work force, it's a grim looking at the numbers and demographics (age) of licensed practitioners in CT
Robert Fahey - UConn
Workforce training should also focus on urban tree/forest maintenance especially in environmental justice communities
Eric Hammerling, CFPA
I believe PURA's cease and desist was lifted earlier this month. This remains a concern
Joan Nichols
Good point Tom! Other states have established work force development recently highlighted in SAF Forest Source. We need more foresters and forest technicians providing boots on the ground landowner support. (no pun intended).
Chris Donnelly
Following up on Bob's comment - it is also a great opportunity to work across the urban/rural divide. There is no reason, except perhaps for transportation issue, that someone who lives in Hartford cannot work in Tolland, and vice versa. Good opportunity to promote those sorts of cross-connections.
Joan Nichols
To Joes' point, we need workforce development for the logging industry as well. Similar to ME and some of the southern states.
Ann and Frank Zitkus
We (Ann and Frank Zitkus) sent a letter into the Group yesterday which we would like to ensure it is part of the public record. Besides for this and an earlier chat comment, we need to view our forests as primarily providing ecosystem services and that living trees are our allies in fighting climate change. More passive management is needed (allow forests to naturally grow to Old Growth status). One other comment. There is never mention of the adverse impacts of manmade forest disturbances (timbering)...including the likely
Ann and Frank Zitkus
introduction of invasive species.
Alanis Allen, DEEP Office of Climate Planning
Eric Hammerling, CFPA
My understanding is that the cease and desist was imposed on August 23rd and lifted on September 6th
Chris Donnelly
Thanks Bob
Joanna Wozniak-Brown, CT OPM
My apologies for missing the public comment period. I'd like to introduce myself as the new Climate & Infrastructure Policy Coordinator at OPM. I look forward to hearing the recommendations/updates from the working group and the evolution of the programs you've described today.
Joanna Wozniak-Brown, CT OPM
Eric Hammerling, CFPA
Next meeting of this Working Group is on Friday, 10/28 from 10-11:30, I believe.