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California 2030 Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation Plan Concept Paper

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(California Air Resources Board | California Environmental Protection Agency
California Department of Food and Agriculture | California Natural Resources Agency)  This Concept Paper provides a proposed outline for the California Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation Plan with the aim of gathering feedback and discussion from the public to inform the final Plan. It describes:
A. The directive to create an Implementation Plan as outlined in the 2017 Scoping Plan Update: The strategy for achieving California’s 2030 greenhouse gas target;
B. The scope of the Implementation Plan;
C. The tools to be used for setting a 2030 GHG reduction goal; and
D. The framework and process for developing, implementing, and tracking progress on the Implementation Plan and its associated goals.

An Appendix outlines the proposed conservation, restoration, and management activities that will be employed through state-funded investments to sequester carbon on natural and working lands, and the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA), California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), and the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) programs that may contribute to these activities by 2030.

Comments on this concept paper can be submitted by June 15, 2018 to the California Air Resources Board Natural and Working Lands webpage,

Implementation will aim to achieve the State’s vision for the Natural and Working Lands sector to:
• Protect land from conversion to more intensified uses by increasing conservation opportunities and pursuing local planning processes that avoid greenfield development;
• Enhance the resilience of and potential for carbon sequestration on lands through management and restoration, including expansion and management of green space in urban areas, and reduce GHG and black carbon emissions from wildfire and management activities; and
• Innovate biomass utilization such that harvested wood and excess agricultural and forest biomass can be used to advance statewide objectives for renewable energy and fuels, wood product manufacturing,
agricultural markets, and soil health, increasing the resilience of rural communities and economies and avoiding GHG emissions relative to traditional utilization pathways through these activities.

The Implementation Plan will rely on using identified activities (interventions) to contribute to the GHG reduction goal for natural and working lands. This intervention-based approach enables the State to set an achievable GHG reduction goal and to specify the extent of quantifiable activities that will be used to meet it. This approach offers flexibility, as the identified activities are scalable efforts that can be adjusted as natural ecosystem processes and the effects of climate change continue to shape our landscapes.

The Plan will introduce methods for tracking project and program implementation and performance monitoring for carbon sequestration, which is necessary to demonstrate the role natural and working lands play in meeting climate policy goals in the coming decades. While non-state funded strategies taken by federal agencies, local jurisdictions, and private entities are also important, methods to track these efforts have not yet been developed and are not within the scope of this Plan.

The goals established in the Implementation Plan will be one key step toward connecting our efforts on natural and working lands with the broader state climate strategy. Information collected through implementation of the Plan will be used to inform the next California Climate Change Scoping Plan, which will include activities on natural and working lands and identify relationships between land-based strategies and other approaches including energy-sector strategies.  READ MORE

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