Natural Climate Solutions
Chief Sponsors: Senator Dembrow, Representative Marsh, Senator Golden, Representative Neron
What are natural climate solutions?
Activities that protect or enhance the ability of natural and working lands to sequester and store carbon or reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining or increasing climate resilience, water quality and quantity, human well-being, and biodiversity.
Examples include practices such as:
Why should Oregon support natural climate solutions?
These practices offer simple, proven solutions for both reducing the future impacts of climate change and confronting the impacts communities and land managers are already contending with, including drought, heatwaves, flooding, and wildfire.
This legislative session, Beyond Toxics is a part of a coalition advocating for passage of SB 530. SB 530 supports the viability of Oregon’s forest owners, farmers, and ranchers by investing in natural climate solutions (NCS).
What will the Natural Climate Solutions bill (SB 530) actually do?
Read the 2-page overview of the bill:
Oregon’s Untapped Climate Solution: Support SB 530 (PDF)
Dave Eisler (left) leads a group of students on a tour of his sustainably-managed resilient forest, Shady Creek Forest. Vist our Resilient Forestry Tours page to find out more.
Benefits of supporting natural climate solutions on Oregon’s natural and working lands
TAKE ACTION FOR SB 530
SB 530 passed out of the Senate Committee On Natural Resources with a "do-pass" recommendation and is now headed to the Joint Ways and Means Committee.
We recommend taking these steps TODAY!
1) Read about the bill (above) - also: Read the most recent amendments to SB 530
2) Write to your own legislators asking them to support SB 530, the Natural Climate Solutions bill. We each have one State Senator and one House Representative whose job it is to represent you.
3) Use our FAST Response form to message both of your legislators!
You will have a chance to add a quick, personalized comment of your own.
How to submit testimony
Click on the link above to read the key points to include in your testimony
Contact Your Legislator
ALSO: Read our BRAND NEW 2023 Legislative Agenda page to learn more about the bills we are supporting and how you can take action to help us advocate for their passage!
(1) Center for American Progress 2022. https://www.americanprogress.org/article/how-states-and-cities-can-benefit-from-climate-investments-in-the-inflation-reduction-act/