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Carbon sequestration conference to be held Oct. 20 at MSU

October 6, 2008 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Anyone who wants to learn more about carbon offsets and carbon sequestration is invited to attend an Oct. 20 conference at Montana State University.

The all-day conference on "Regional Opportunities in Agriculture and Forestry Carbon Sequestration" is aimed at policy makers, academics, students, agency representatives, ranchers, tribal members and other interested Montanans. Attendees will hear the latest information on the science, policies and markets related to carbon offsets. Topics to be covered include global warming, proposed legislation and examples of state and tribal activities involved with carbon offsets.

Terrestrial carbon sequestration uses plants and soils either to prevent carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere or to remove it from the atmosphere. The term "carbon offsets" refers to the buying and selling of carbon credits on a voluntary market. Landowners, for example, can adopt land management practices such as no-till agriculture to increase the amount of carbon stored in their soils. In return, the landowners can sell the carbon credits on the voluntary carbon market.

The upcoming conference will be held in the ballrooms of MSU's Strand Union Building. It is hosted by the MSU Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership and the National Carbon Offset Coalition.

The registration fee before Oct. 15 is $35 for the general public and $25 for students. The fee on Oct. 15 and afterward is $45. The fee covers the conference and lunch. Checks should be made out to the National Carbon Offset Coalition and sent to the NCOC, 305 W. Mercury, Room 406, Butte, MT 59701.

The conference schedule is:
7:30 a.m. -- registration.
8 a.m. -- Opening remarks.
8:35 a.m. -- Climate Change Science. Anne Schrag, World Wildlife Foundation.

Morning session 1: Mitigation of Climate Change through Sequestration.
9 a.m. -- Rich Conant, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University.
9:20 a.m. -- Neil Sampson, The Sampson Group.
9:40 a.m. -- Joel Brown, Natural Resources Conservation Service.
10 a.m. -- Ross Brickelmeyer, Washington State University.
10:20 a.m. -- Question-and-answer session. Moderator Lindsey Waggoner, Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership.

Morning session 2: States and Tribal Efforts on Carbon Sequestration.
10:40 a.m. -- Mike Hoffman, Idaho Soil Conservation Service.
11 a.m. -- Otto Cantrell, Fort Peck Landowners Association.
11:20 a.m. -- Bill Sauble, New Mexico Cattle Growers.
11:40 a.m. -- Jess Peterson, United States Cattlemen's Association.
Noon -- Question-and-answer session. Moderator Ted Dodge, National Carbon Offset Coalition.
12:15 p.m. -- Lunch. Speaker to be announced.

Afternoon session 1: The Policy of Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration.
1:20 p.m. -- Richard Opper, Montana Department of Environmental Quality.
1:40 p.m. -- Bruce Fergusson, Office of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.
2 p.m. -- Montana Rep. Brady Wiseman, House District 65.
2:20 p.m. -- Question-and-answer session. Moderator John Talbott, deputy director, Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership.
2:45 p.m. -- Refreshment break.

Afternoon session 2: Existing Voluntary Market.
3:15 p.m. -- Mike Walsh, Chicago Climate Exchange.
3:25 p.m. -- Ted Dodge, NCOC
3:45 p.m. -- Tim Fitzgerald, MSU's Department of Agricultural Economics/Economics.
4:15 p.m. -- Question-and-answer session. Moderator Carl Mattson, Montana Grain Growers Association.
4:45 p.m. -- Final remarks by John Talbott.

For more information, contact Lindsey Waggoner at (406) 994-3755 or lwaggoner@montana.edu

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu