House passes climate, energy bill with positive forestry provisions

Monday, June 29, 2009

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the "American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009" (HR 2454) by a slim margin (219-212) on Friday. The bill contains a number of provisions important for state and private forestry, including allowances for biomass from non-federal forests to contribute towards the Renewable Electricity Standard and language that broaden the availability of biomass from Federal forests. The bill also guarantees carbon offset market opportunities will be available to forest landowners and agricultural producers and includes climate adaptation funding on the national forests, national grasslands and state and private forest land.