Agriculture, Forests, & Prairies

Agriculture, forests, and prairies generate a small portion of our emissions but can play a large role in offsetting other emissions. See the regional agriculture, forests, and prairies strategies and actions.

AgForests

  1. Fertilized Land
  2. Regenerative Agriculture
  3. Land Cover

Target

Reduce conventionally fertilized land 20% below 2015 levels by 2030 and 50% below 2015 levels by 2050.

Outlook

  Undetermined

Forested lands, agricultural lands, and prairie lands have all declined from historic levels due to development pressure. The region is in the process of developing methods to better track how these landscapes contribute to climate mitigation. 

Community Resources

Strategies and Actions

Reduce emissions from agricultural practices. Agriculture makes up only a small proportion of regional emissions, but farms can reduce that impact with better management of animal waste and reducing reliance on synthetic fertilizer.

Support agricultural practices that sequester carbon. Agriculture land management practices like cover cropping, no-till and minimum tillage, crop rotations, soil amendments, and changes in grazing rotations have been shown to increase the rate of carbon stored in plants and soil. Increasing the use of such regenerative practices among farmers can help offset local emissions from other sectors.

Preserve tree canopy and manage forests and prairies to sequester carbon. Trees and other types of plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it as carbon in vegetation and soil. Conserving existing tree canopy and forest areas and restoring prairies and forested areas that have been cleared can help to offset emissions from other activities, while providing many community benefits such as storing and cleaning water, providing shade to cool urban areas, space for recreation, and habitat for many sensitive species. 

See the full list of the agriculture, forests, and prairies strategies and actions.

Contact Us

  1. Allison Osterberg
    Senior Planner
    osterberga@trpc.org

    Thurston Regional Planning Council
    2411 Chandler Court SW
    Olympia, WA 98502
    Ph: 360-956-7575