John Nickerson

John Nickerson, Vice President of Forestry, Climate Action Reserve

John Nickerson is a California Registered Professional Forester with expertise in forest inventory, forest management planning and the development of forest carbon offset projects and protocols. As Vice President, Forestry for the Reserve, John manages the Reserve’s forestry team, works on developing and managing forest protocols, both domestically and internationally. John and his team work independently and in collaboration with other entities to develop new and creative mechanisms to achieve environmental benefits through market-based solutions.

During his 20-year career in the field of forestry, he has helped to develop many of the first carbon projects in California. He has worked with the United States Forest Service in Alaska and California of forest and wildlife inventories. He has developed and conducted many inventory and long-term sustainable management planning efforts for large and small private landowners in California, which have assisted some landowners in obtaining forest certification under the Forest Stewardship Council.

John speaks French and Spanish and once upon a time, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo, also spoke Swahili. He holds an M.S. in Natural Resources (Forestry) from Humboldt State University and a B.S. in Biology from Principia College.