Carbon School

a.k.a. SPUFACF
The Society for the Prevention of Undue Fallacy About Climate and Forests
Reading a Book

Carbon School is a recurring Zoom Meeting about climate science and forestry, specifically how it relates to the management of forested parcels in Southern New England, hosted by Extension Forester Tom Worthley.


SPUFACF is an acronym that stood at one time for the “Society for the Prevention of Undue Friction among Connecticut Foresters”, a loosely organized semi-professional and semi- social group that would meet occasionally and discuss matters of mutual interest over grilled food and assorted beverages. This was before email…


Resurrected for this purpose, the acronym stands for the “Society for the Prevention of Undue Fallacy about Climate and Forests”.


We intend to meet monthly, on the second Wednesday of each month beginning on February 10, 2021.


We will discuss scientific papers about forests and carbon and climate, improve our knowledge on the topic and discuss the how a changing climate and managing for carbon sequestration and storage might affect the day-to-day practice of forest management in our region. Prior to each meeting selected articles from the scientific literature will be shared with registered participants for their review prior to the session. Come prepared to discuss the assigned readings.


To join the meetings please email Tom directly at You will be provided with copies of the assigned readings by return email along with a registration acknowledgement.


Discussion is underway with CT-DEEP Forestry Division about assigning CEUs for CT Forest Practitioners.


There is no cost for this program, except your time. The program is being conducted in partnership with the Yankee Division of the Society of American Foresters.

You will need to provide your own food and beverage. We have not yet figured out how to virtually provide bagels and coffee.


Breakfast Meeting: May 19th, 7:30 am. 

Reading materials to be discussed at this meeting include:

  1. The discussion will begin with a review of the controversial “Moomaw” paper, on which much of the proforestation argument is based. Check it out HERE. We anticipate also discussing ways that locally relevant forest and climate science can be fostered in CT.

To get on the mailing list, please email Tom Worthley directly at

Also, please don't hesitate to share ideas for carbon-related readings with Tom.

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The Archives:


Meeting: April 14, 7:30 am. 

  1. Keeton, William S., Andrew A. Whitman, Gregory C. McGee, and Christine L. Goodale. "Late-successional biomass development in northern hardwood-conifer forests of the northeastern United States." Forest Science 57, no. 6 (2011): 489-505. Download the PDF​​
  2. Hoover, Coeli, and Susan Stout. "The carbon consequences of thinning techniques: stand structure makes a difference." Journal of Forestry 105, no. 5 (2007): 266-270. Download the PDF


Meeting: March 10, 6 pm. 

Reading materials discussed at this meeting include:

  1. "A synthesis of the science on forests and carbon for US forests." by Ryan et al., 2010

  2. "A synthesis of current knowledge on forests and carbon storage in the United States." by McKinley et al., 2011

The first meeting was February 10th.

To start off and set the stage for the conversation moving forward, the following two documents were discussed; One is the position statement assembled and published by the Yankee Division of the Society of American Foresters . Second is "Forest Carbon: an essential natural solution for climate change" by Paul Catanzaro and Anthony D’Amato. The primary audience for this publication is woodland owners and it is written in a way that is appropriate to that audience, but it provides a nice overview for the topic of forests and carbon. 


In addition, we discussed this climate vulnerability assessment for forest types in the northeast, a USFS publication. One should be able to examine the sections appropriate to the forest types in which one works.