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  Department of Energy (DOE)

Congress instructed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a set of standard guidelines, authorized under Section 1605(b) of the 1992 Energy Policy Act and recently revised, to be used by a variety of entities to voluntarily report greenhouse gas exchanges. The purpose of the guidelines is to establish the procedures and requirements for filing voluntary reports, and to ensure that the annual reports of greenhouse gas emissions, emission reductions, and sequestration activities submitted by corporations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, households, and other private and public entities to submit are complete, reliable, and consistent. The guidelines, including those for forestry applications under development by the Alabama Forestry Commission, may be found on their website.
   
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for research, information collection, and the federal programs, grants, and loans relating to agriculture, including forests. USDA has many programs to assist farmers and forest landowners, rural residents, and the nation to respond to climate change issues and opportunities.
   
US Forest Service (USFS)
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is responsible for research, information collection, and the federal programs, grants, and loans relating more specifically to forestland. They manage and protect millions of acres of national forests, and also support non-industrial, private forestland owners through state and private programs. Their Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a reference website for resource managers and decision makers who need information and tools to address climate change in planning and project implementation.
   
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for measuring and regulating CO2 emissions across the United States. They have a website devoted to topics relating to climate change.
   
Ecosystem Marketplace
The Ecosystem Marketplace is a leading source of news, data and analytics on markets and payments for ecosystem services (such as water quality, carbon sequestration and biodiversity). It provides information on policy, finance, regulation, science, business and other market-relevant factors, so markets for ecosystem services will one day become a fundamental part of our economic system. The Ecosystem Marketplace is a project of Forest Trends, a nonprofit group of leaders from forest industry, donors, and environmental groups that consider the array of challenges facing forest conservation and identify common ground across the world.

Information is also available on a companion website @ http://www.forestcarbonportal.com/
   
United Nations
The United Nations is leading the world on a variety of issues, including climate change. Climate change is a world problem and thus requires everyone to work together to resolve the issues. For this reason, the United Nations maintains a wealth of information relating to climate change.

Additional forestry specific information is available on UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization website, http://www.fao.org/ 
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