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Natural and Working Lands Sector

GHG Reductions and Carbon Sequestration Goals for California's Forests, Rangelands, Wetlands, and Farms

Natural and Working Lands

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Activities and Announcements

January 3, 2019
  • January 2019 Draft California 2030 Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation Plan

November 2, 2018 in Sacramento

Past Public Workshops and Related Materials for the 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update:


Governor's 2030 GHG Reduction Pillar

In his 2015 State of the State address, Governor Brown called for policies and actions to reduce GHG emissions from agriculture and natural and working lands, which include forests, rangelands, farms, wetlands, and soils. These lands have the ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through biological processes, and to then sequester carbon in above- and below-ground matter. Effective land management and conservation practices benefit these goals.

The following links provide information on programs that support California's long-term GHG emission reduction goals.


The California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) First Update to the Climate Change Scoping Plan (Scoping Plan Update) expanded the focus of the Forest and Agriculture Sectors to include all of California's natural and working lands, which comprise over 75% of the land area in California, and encompass forests (including woodlands and urban forests); rangelands (including grazed and non-grazed grasslands and shrublands); and wetlands.  ARB is working in coordination with several other agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, stakeholders, and with the public, to develop measures as outlined in the Scoping Plan Update and the governor's Executive Order B-30-15 to reduce GHG emissions and to cultivate net carbon sequestration potential for California's natural and working lands.

The governor's 2030 targets for GHG emission reductions, and the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update have focused renewed attention on California's natural and working lands and the role they play in the carbon cycle. There is a need to understand how much carbon dioxide and other GHG emissions California's natural and working lands are currently producing and sequestering, and how much they could sequester in the future. There is also a need to understand how management practices could potentially increase carbon sequestration and decrease GHG emissions without compromising the host of other ecosystem functions natural and working lands provide, including commercial products such as food, fiber, and wood; protection of air and water quality; biodiversity and wildlife habitat; recreational opportunities and tourism; and other quality of life attributes.

Natural and Working Lands Related Links and More Information

Continued inventory development and improvement of carbon management activities are critical components of implementing AB 32 and the Governor's GHG emissions reduction and carbon sequestration targets.

Cap-and-Trade Compliance Offset Protocols

ARB's Compliance Offset Protocols for agricultural- and forest-related projects are part of the Cap-and-Trade Program, which incentivizes GHG emissions reduction projects and carbon sequestration projects on agricultural and forest lands.

Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds

ARB's auctions of GHG allowances have provided funding through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to support California Climate Investments.  These investments have funded GHG emissions reduction and carbon sequestration projects on natural and working lands.

Related Agency Links

The following are many agencies that are working on projects related to natural and working lands; this list is not all-inclusive:

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For more information about Natural and Working Lands, please email, or call (916) 324-0666.

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