Forest Project Protocol Version 3.1

Document/Tool Description
Forest Project Protocol Version 3.1
(October 22, 2009)
The Forest Project Protocol revision from Version 3.0 to 3.1 involved minor editorial changes and clarifications to calculation methodologies and terminology; the update did not affect eligibility criteria for forest projects. For further details see the Forest Project Protocol Summary of Changes from Version 3.0 to 3.1
Errata and Clarification to Forest Project Protocol, Version 3.1
(October 29, 2014)
Project developers and verifiers must refer to this document to ensure that the most current guidance is adhered to in project design and verification.
Forest Project Verification Protocol Version 3.0
(September 1, 2009)
A guidance document for verifying Version 3.1 projects.
Forest Project Protocol Summary A one-page summary of the protocol requirements.
Forest Project Baseline Determination
(Spring 2010)
The Reserve released clarifications and amendments to the protocol concerning forest project baseline determinations and California’s Forest Practice Rules. The link provides more information on these amendments as well as public comments and staff responses to public comments.
Announcement Regarding Optional Carbon Pools
(March 4, 2011)
A memo to all project developers and verification bodies regarding the disallowance of crediting optional carbon pools unless and until standardized guidance can be developed to quantify the optional pools.

*Note: As of July 3, 2012, standardized guidance has been provided for soil carbon accounting, as described below.

Supplemental Guidance for Soil Carbon Accounting in Avoided Conversion Projects
(July 3, 2012)
Supplemental guidance which enables the inclusion of soil carbon in certain Avoided Conversion projects.
Supplemental Verification Methodology – Sequential Sampling
(July 3, 2012)
Supplemental guidance required for the verification of soil carbon estimates (if included) in Avoided Conversion projects.  The verification method may be applied to other sampled carbon pools.


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