Caring about forests, parks, and trails has led CFPA to work on several special reports and topics, such as forests & climate change, protecting public lands, recreational liability, the economic benefits of outdoor recreation, trees and power, and much more. Learn more below.
Forests & Climate Change
CFPA led two major efforts in 2020 and 2021 to conserve forests as forests for the future as part of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3). The consensus reports and resources that support their various recommendations follow.
GC3 Forests Subgroup Report
CFPA chaired the Forests Subgroup that published its report to the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) in November, 2020 after receiving over 130 public comments as well as feedback from other GC3 sub-groups and working groups.
This resource page was set-up for the Forests Sub-Group and the public with links to several important publications on Forests & Climate.
If you have questions or comments about this report, please email CFPA’s Executive Director, Eric Hammerling, who chaired the Forests Sub-Group.
PRFCT Future - Resilient Forests Report
CFPA chaired the Policy on Resilient Forests for Connecticut’s Future (PRFCT Future) Working Group to make recommendations to the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) related to the ongoing and future resiliency of Connecticut’s forests. Working Group members represented a variety of organizations that have a direct interest in public policies that would lead to increased forest resiliency.
Resources on Forest Resiliency and Climate
Following are some of the key resources used in the GC3 Forests Report and the PRFCT Future Report:
Recent Connecticut reports related to forest resiliency
- Connecticut’s 2020 Forest Action Plan
- 2020 Forests Sub-Group Report to Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3)
- GC3 Working Group Meetings (includes Forests Sub-Group Agendas, Minutes, and Presentations)
- GC3 Webinar on No Net Loss of Forest Policy – lessons from MD and NJ (need to scroll down a bit)
- GC3 Phase I Report: Taking Action on Climate Change and Building a More Resilient Connecticut for All
- Hartford Tree Canopy Action Plan 2020
Links to additional materials for PRFCT Forest Working Group
Other State Examples:
- Maryland: Forest Preservation Act
- Maryland: No Net Loss of Forest Final Report
- New Jersey: No Net Loss of Forest Program Guidelines
Articles/Publications of Interest
- Climate Adaptation Actions for Urban Forests and Human Health (USDA Forest Service, July, 2021)
- Forest Carbon Booklet (UMass & UVM, 2020)
- Avoided Deforestation: A climate mitigation opportunity in New England and New York (Clark University/TNC, 2021)
GC3 Forests Subgroup Report Resources
The 2020 GC3 Forests Subgroup Report recommendations are based upon information drawn from the following publications contributed by Subgroup members and others (organized with the most recent information at the top, and the oldest at the bottom):
Protecting Public Lands
The CT General Assembly has the power to sell, swap, or give away state-owned public land, and CFPA is active every year to ensure public lands are not lost without appropriate public input.
Economic Benefits of Forests, Parks & Trails
To conserve special resources like forests, parks, and trails, it can be helpful to cite the economic benefits that they provide to all of us. Here are a few examples.