Open understory , fire-maintained mature loblolly pine forest in SE Virginia

Forest carbon markets are expanding rapidly in the commonwealth. If you are a forester, landowner, county leader, or just interested in this topic, please consider attending the first ever Forest Carbon Symposium hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry.

In this symposium, you will learn about the importance of forest carbon markets, what this market means to Virginia, and what opportunities are available for our state’s forestry community.


  • June 1, 2022
  • 8:30 - 3:00
  • Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center, Staunton
  • $30 per person, includes lunch
  • Registration is closed - program is full
  • Please e-mail if you want to be added to the wait list. 


Time Topic Speaker Title/Description
8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 8:50 Welcome Rob Farrell, Virginia State Forester This introduction will set the stage for the symposium
8:50 - 9:30 Keynote Address ACRE Investment Management

Forest Carbon Markets

This presentation will address the importance and availability of forest carbon markets for generating a revenue stream to help sustainably manage our state's forest resource and Healthy Watershed Forests. 

9:30 - 10:10 Family Forest Carbon Program American Forest Foundation

Family Forest Carbon Program, Status and Opportunity for Small Landowners

This presentation will cover opportunities for income generation from carbon markets with forest management activities for small land owners, how the FFC program works, lessons learned from Pennsylvania and other states where the program has been piloted, program roll-out in Virginia, and services available.

10:10 - 10:20 Break
10:20 - 11:00 Blue Source Blue Source

Forest Carbon Project Development, How Blue Source can Help!

This presentation will cover landowner opportunities to generate revenue from the sale of forest carbon credits in both the voluntary and compliance markets. It will provide an overview of markets, landowner obligations and eligibility, project development steps, and timelines. The presentation will review Bluesource's approach to turnkey forest carbon project development services, including experience with Virginia DOF and other public and private forest landowners.

11:00 - 11:40 Verra Verra

The Role of Certification in Carbon Markets

This talk will provide an overview of Verra, the role standards play in carbon markets, and relevant trends and opportunities in the carbon market, and highlight some Verified Carbon Standard methodologies that can be applied by Virginia landowners.

11:40 - 12:50 Lunch
12:50 - 1:30 Finite Carbon Fintei Carbon

Forest Carbon Project. How Finite Carbon can Help!

This presentation will cover information on opportunities for income generation from carbon market with eligible forestry activities. The speaker will share examples from around the area and Finite Carbon's involvement. 



1:30 - 1:40 Break
1:40 - 2:10 City Forest Credits Mark McPherson

Carbon Market Opportunities for City and Urban Forests

This presentation will cover opportunities for revenue from carbon markets for urban forestry stakeholders who conduct tree planting or preservation in cities or towns. Topics will include project eligibility, project requirements, unique urban forestry carbon attributes, and examples of  successful projects in Virginia and other states.

2:10 - 2:50 Natural Capital Exchange (NCX) NCX

NCX, Program Highlights, Benefits, and Opportunities

In this presentation, you will learn about the NCX registry, protocols, registration process, credit issuance,  and markets. Examples of projects in Virginia will be discussed.

2:50 - 3:00 Virginia Department of Forestry  Virginia Department of Forestry  Closing Remarks