Goal 2: Climate-smart natural and working lands

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

**DEADLINE TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK IS FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH**

The goal

Enhance climate benefits by absorbing and storing carbon, reducing emissions, and sustaining resilient landscapes.

The challenges

Long-term trends in climate and weather patterns throughout the year, such as increasing temperatures and more extreme rain events, present formidable challenges to management of natural and working lands.

The vision

Healthy natural and working lands absorb and store more carbon, produce food and other products, sustain local economies, enhance climate resiliency, and improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans.

Priority Actions

Minnesota state agencies have proposed several priority actions to help set us on the path to achieve the vision of building a carbon-neutral, resilient, and equitable future for Minnesota. The priority actions identified for the climate-smart natural and working lands goal are:

  • Accelerate forest, grassland, and wetland restoration and management in a way that increases carbon sequestration and storage and in the wood and other products harvested from these areas.
  • Store more carbon. Promote actions by all Minnesotans to store more carbon on their croplands, in their yards, in open spaces and on public lands.
  • Restore and expand habitat complexes and corridors and increase species diversity to promote climate resiliency and adaptation of natural lands.
  • Incentivize and expand climate-resilient agricultural and forestry. Best Management Practices (BMPs) and implementation assistance (such as access to technologies, equipment, and seed and plant material).
  • Increase water storage, infiltration, and drainage management to reduce runoff and minimize downstream flooding, erosion, and habitat loss.
  • Invest in new markets and supply chains for crops that keep soil covered year-round, and for wood products that increase carbon storage and substitute for more fossil-fuel intensive materials.
  • Avoid grassland forest, and wetland conversion to other land uses that reduce carbon storage.
  • Prioritize groundwater and drinking water protection in vulnerable areas.
  • Promote local and community-based agriculture to reduce transportation needs and increase food access, especially in underserved communities.

Want to learn more about Minnesota's climate-smart natural and working lands goal?

Read the full chapter on pages 28-36 in the Climate Action Framework document.

We want your feedback!

Use the tools below to share your feedback on Minnesota's climate-smart natural and working lands goal by Friday, April 29th. Survey results and questions will be shared with the Climate Change Subcabinet and Advisory Council on Climate Change as they work towards finalizing the Climate Action Framework. The final Framework will consider public and stakeholder input, analysis, and agency expertise. Click the links on the right side of the page to view Minnesota's other climate goals and share your feedback on rest of Minnesota's Climate Action Framework.

**DEADLINE TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK IS FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH**

The goal

Enhance climate benefits by absorbing and storing carbon, reducing emissions, and sustaining resilient landscapes.

The challenges

Long-term trends in climate and weather patterns throughout the year, such as increasing temperatures and more extreme rain events, present formidable challenges to management of natural and working lands.

The vision

Healthy natural and working lands absorb and store more carbon, produce food and other products, sustain local economies, enhance climate resiliency, and improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans.

Priority Actions

Minnesota state agencies have proposed several priority actions to help set us on the path to achieve the vision of building a carbon-neutral, resilient, and equitable future for Minnesota. The priority actions identified for the climate-smart natural and working lands goal are:

  • Accelerate forest, grassland, and wetland restoration and management in a way that increases carbon sequestration and storage and in the wood and other products harvested from these areas.
  • Store more carbon. Promote actions by all Minnesotans to store more carbon on their croplands, in their yards, in open spaces and on public lands.
  • Restore and expand habitat complexes and corridors and increase species diversity to promote climate resiliency and adaptation of natural lands.
  • Incentivize and expand climate-resilient agricultural and forestry. Best Management Practices (BMPs) and implementation assistance (such as access to technologies, equipment, and seed and plant material).
  • Increase water storage, infiltration, and drainage management to reduce runoff and minimize downstream flooding, erosion, and habitat loss.
  • Invest in new markets and supply chains for crops that keep soil covered year-round, and for wood products that increase carbon storage and substitute for more fossil-fuel intensive materials.
  • Avoid grassland forest, and wetland conversion to other land uses that reduce carbon storage.
  • Prioritize groundwater and drinking water protection in vulnerable areas.
  • Promote local and community-based agriculture to reduce transportation needs and increase food access, especially in underserved communities.

Want to learn more about Minnesota's climate-smart natural and working lands goal?

Read the full chapter on pages 28-36 in the Climate Action Framework document.

We want your feedback!

Use the tools below to share your feedback on Minnesota's climate-smart natural and working lands goal by Friday, April 29th. Survey results and questions will be shared with the Climate Change Subcabinet and Advisory Council on Climate Change as they work towards finalizing the Climate Action Framework. The final Framework will consider public and stakeholder input, analysis, and agency expertise. Click the links on the right side of the page to view Minnesota's other climate goals and share your feedback on rest of Minnesota's Climate Action Framework.

Page last updated: 01 May 2022, 07:11 AM