Forest + Climate State Policy Initiative


With funding and support from EDF, FCCP is collecting, categorizing, analyzing, and tracking a range of state-level programs and policies that could contribute or detract from forests as a climate solution. These topics include carbon offsetting, climate-smart forestry, and related production, conservation, and land use planning activities.

This project will serve as an in-demand resource for researchers, policymakers, planners, developers, practitioners, landowners, and myriad forest stakeholders.

FCCP will be responsible for producing a comprehensive and searchable database, interactive maps, and white papers detailing policy themes and trends. Major activities include the creation of a comprehensive and searchable database, policy analysis reports and publications, and an interactive map and dashboard.

Forest Property Tax Treatments by U.S. State  State-Level Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Codes
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Forest Property Tax Treatments by U.S. State: This map visualizes state-level forest preferential and other related tax treatments. This includes forest exemptions, forest rebates, modified assessment, modified rates, severance taxes, and yield taxes.

State-Level Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Codes: This map shows state-level approaches to the wildland-urban interface (WUI) in the form of fire, building, administrative, and residential codes. Several states have adopted the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code (IWUIC) and International Fire Code (IFC) created by the International Code Council. Meanwhile, others have selected the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Code. Some states, like California, West Virginia, and New Jersey have developed their own standards which do not build upon these model codes.


Policy Framework

Theoretical framework for cataloguing and categorizing policies. Four key policy areas identified: 1) GHG Emissions and Energy, 2) Direct Financial Incentives, 3) Forest Management and Land Use, and 4) Public Procurement



  • Graham Diedrich, FCCP
  • Kylie Clay, FCCP
  • Lauren Cooper, FCCP
  • Eric Holst, EDF