The USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub and Forest-Climate Working Group “Perspectives from the field” workshop, was held March 29 – 30, 2016 in Chicago. The workshop provided information on carbon science and policies, and associated USDA programs. Agency representatives identified resources, policies, and programs that can be used to further GHG mitigation in natural resource conservation and management in the forest sector. Speakers also showcased real-world examples of mitigation projects in the forest sector. The workshop focused on the USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry. Attendees identified actions to utilize Forestry’s potential for reducing greenhouse gases and and developed an understanding of how forestry can contribute to the goals of the USDA building blocks.