FCWG Learning Exchange Series: USFS – Federal Planning and Capacity Building for Carbon

Speakers Duncan McKinley and Aurora Cutler (USFS Office of Sustainability and Climate) will present "USFS – Federal Planning and Capacity Building for Carbon".


USFS – Federal Planning and Capacity Building for Carbon


The need for carbon information in natural resources management is growing quickly in response to public interest. In this session, Duncan and Aurora will describe the Forest Service’s new approach to delivering carbon science for decision making on national forests. The speakers will cover key concepts, challenges, and information needs. Lastly, Duncan and Aurora will describe how the approach works and benefits for end-users.

Next months session is titled "Climate Alliance NWL: Regional LL Outcomes and a State Example".


  • Duncan McKinley is a Natural Resource Management Specialist in the US Forest Service’s Office of Sustainability and Climate. His work focuses on finding ways to help national forests better inform decision making on carbon. Prior to this position, Duncan worked as a policy analyst, staffer for a US Senator, and as a scientist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station, where his research focused on forest carbon.  
  • Aurora Cutler filters and disseminates complex scientific concepts for publication and distribution.

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About the FCWG Learning Exchange Series 

The Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) Learning Exchange Series covers current topics and issues in domestic forest carbon policies and management approaches for a changing climate. The FCWG represents a diverse group of forest interests including landowners, industry, conservationists, academia, and those active in carbon markets. The group has worked together for more than 8 years to advocate for state and federal policies that work to ensure sustainable forest use and prevention of land use change. We have currently been in the process of reinvigorating our focus and activities and welcome inquiries into our work. Please reach out if you have questions or think your organization may be interested in joining.

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