Statewide Conservation & Preservation Plan


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Presentation by Jean Coleman, CR Planning, delivered at the Blandin Foundation's Forest Values & Carbon Markets: Opportunities for Minnesota Conference. February 25-26, 2009. Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet, Minnesota

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  • Statewide Conservation & Preservation Plan

    1. 1. Minnesota Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan Forest Values & Carbon Markets: Opportunities for Minnesota 2/26/09
    2. 2. <ul><li>A comprehensive inventory and assessment of Minnesota’s environment and natural resources </li></ul><ul><li>Status check on our natural resources </li></ul><ul><li>Identify drivers causing change in our resources </li></ul><ul><li>Identify key issues affecting our natural resources </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations for actions to change course for better outcomes for our natural resources </li></ul>What is the Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan?
    3. 3. <ul><li>LCCMR strategic planning/RFPs </li></ul><ul><li>Lessard Outdoor Heritage Council </li></ul><ul><li>Agency planning </li></ul><ul><li>New legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Local governments </li></ul>Why was the Plan created and how is it being used?
    4. 4. Page 8 Final Plan Status of Natural Resources Strategic Framework Mapped to Key Issues Habitat Loss Land Use Practice Transportation Energy Use, Mercury Resulting in Strategic Areas for Action Integrated Planning Critical Land Protection Land & Water Restoration Sustainability Practices Economic Incentives for Sustainability PHASE II: Soil Erosion Nutrient Loading Solids Loading Toxics Loading Habitat Fragmentation Consumptive Use Hydrologic Modification Invasive Species GHG emissions Affected by Drivers of Change Air Water Land Fish Wildlife Recreation PHASE I:
    5. 5. Page 7 Final Plan Value of the Recommendation for Climate Change Mitigation or Adaptation
    6. 6. <ul><li>UM Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) research has shown a large potential for producing cellulosic ethanol from forest biomass </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential for 0.5 to 1 billion gallons of ethanol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hybrid poplar plantations have the potential to produce approximately 5 tons/ac </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other potential sources include thinning of aspens and red pines, roundwood, harvest residue from logging operations, and brushlands harvesting </li></ul></ul>Biomass and carbon sequestration research
    7. 7. <ul><li>Another study by the UM for the DNR (UM 2008) shows that perennial crops sequester more carbon than annual row crops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Producing cellulosic ethanol from perennial tree crops would sequester more atmospheric carbon than any other production technique </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Converting row crops to short rotation woody tree crops (such as hybrid poplar) would sequester nearly 2 tons of carbon/year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Converting row crops to perennial grasses would only sequester about 0.4 tons carbon/ year </li></ul></ul>Biomass and carbon sequestration research
    8. 8. <ul><li>Land Use - Forestry 1: Protect large blocks of forested land for ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Land Use - Forestry 3: Support and expand sustainable practices on working forested lands, including developing and testing new management practices for forest management as a carbon sequestration tool </li></ul>Resilience to climate change and Carbon sequestration
    9. 9. <ul><li>Energy 3: Invest in perennial biofuel and energy crop research and demonstration projects on a landscape scale </li></ul><ul><li>Energy 4: Develop policies and incentives to encourage perennial crop production for biofuels in critical environmental areas </li></ul>Carbon sequestration
    10. 10. <ul><li>Habitat 1: Protect priority land habitats </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat 2: Protect critical shorelands of streams and lakes </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptation to climate change must be considered </li></ul><ul><li>In the face of climate change we should still protect critical areas, however, the nature of these critical areas may change </li></ul><ul><li>Research is needed </li></ul>Adaptation to climate change
    11. 11. 0 0 Vulnerable key habitat by township and by Ecological Subsection High/Green = higher habitat value and higher threats Low/Yellow = lower habitat value and lower threats How will these key habitat priorities change with climate change?
    12. 12. Mitigation of climate change <ul><li>Energy 16: Provide incentives to transition a portion of Minnesota’s vehicle fleet to electrical power, while simultaneously increasing renewable electricity production for transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Energy 17: Encourage carbon-neutral businesses, homes, communities </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation 2: Reduce per capita vehicle miles of travel (VMT) through compact mixed-use development and multi-modal and intermodal transportation systems </li></ul>
    13. 13. Project Goal To achieve a better future for Minnesota ’ s natural resources
    14. 14. Access the plan at: Questions about the Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan or this presentation: Jean Coleman 612-588-4904