Project Report:
US Forest Carbon Pricing Initiative
- Investigates the causes of economic imbalances.
- Investigates causes tending to destroy or impair the free-market system.
- Explores and develops market-based solutions.


CSE will continue work to transform industrial forest practices to climate smart alternatives through market-based solutions. Our work will emphasize the Pacific Northwest and Southeast regions and bolster the campaigns of climate coalitions and forest protection advocacy organizations. Specific activities will include: (1) publishing high quality information about the impacts of industrial forestry on carbon emissions and climate resiliency; (2) designing and advocating for market based solutions such as redirecting subsidies, cap and invest or forest carbon tax and reward to put a price on forest carbon and the externalities associated with industrial forestry emissions; (3) building strong partnerships with conservation and climate communities in each region to help advance these solutions and call public attention to the urgency of this issue, and (4) making the case for transformation of industrial forest practices to decision makers charged with developing climate solutions.


Climate change has been referred to as the most spectacular market failure ever. The market’s failure to incorporate the costs of climate change into prices of wood and paper products supports a tremendous level of over-production, over-consumption, and wasteful uses of these commodities.

Putting a price on high-emissions logging operations is a critical market-based solution for internalizing the catastrophic costs associated with climate change and making wood product markets more efficient.

CSE has pioneered several market based solutions including forest carbon tax and reward, subsidy reform, cap and invest and climate resiliency plans for large owners. In 2019, we will work with public officials and partners in Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Georgia and other states to advocate for these interventions within ongoing decision-making processes and campaigns.


The US is the world's largest producer and consumer of wood products. As such, our eventual goal is transformation of industrial forest practices to climate smart alternatives nationwide. However, because most industrial forest practices take place on lands managed under state laws, our campaign must necessarily focus on particular states, one at a time. In 2019 and 2020, we have developed the project with a strategic focus on Oregon, Washington, North Carolina and Georgia where partnerships and climate policy processes are presenting opportunities to advance our agenda.

Amount Approved
$50,000.00 on 7/1/2019 (Check sent: 7/12/2019)

Climate Impacts of Industrial Forest Practices in NC (PDF)

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President and Senior Economist, Center for Sustainable Economy

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