We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Seattle. Our mission is to bring the wide range of environmental benefits of trees to our cities and towns in America. We seek to make American cities greener and healthier by enabling urban tree-planting and preservation projects to earn carbon credits to generate much-needed funding for our declining urban forests.
We are supported by generous grants from:
- The Bullitt Foundation
- Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation
- Laird Norton Family Foundation
- McKibben Merner Family Fund
- DragonFly Fund
- Beardsley Family Foundation
Mark is the Executive Director of the Urban Forest Carbon Registry. Mark is a lawyer and business person and has been active in urban forestry for many years. He drafted the first conservation easement for the City of Seattle Heritage Tree Program over 25 years ago. He received a Founder’s Award from a tree preservation group in Seattle for his legal work in many tree cases. For the last ten years, Mark has managed a business and co-founded a website. He was a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill and has a Ph.D. and law degree from Harvard.
Mark and several members of the drafting group below served on the work group at the Climate Action Reserve in 2013-14 that developed an urban forest carbon protocol.
Protocol Drafting Group
Director of Community Projects
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
VP of Field Ops
West Coast Arborists
City of Palo Alto
Climate Program Mgr.
City of Austin
VP Conservation & Parks
National Recreation and Park Association
Dir. of UF Programs
Dir. of Research & Dev.
Forest Programs Mgr.
Alliance for Chesapeake Bay
U.S. Forest Service
Urban Forest Carbon Registry
Board of Advisors
Jared Carlson, Arbor Day Foundation, Director of Innovation and Business Development
Ian Leahy, American Forests, Director of Urban Forests Programs
Skip Swenson, Forterra, Vice President
Bill Toomey, The Nature Conservancy, Director of Forest Health as part of Urban Conservation Strategies Initiatives
Ara Erickson, Weyerhaeuser Company, Sustainable Supply and Value Chain Senior Manager; former director of Green Cities Program at Forterra
Gerry Gray, consultant, co-Chair of the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition, former Executive Director of the Alliance for Community Trees