Forest Project Protocol Revisions

The U.S. Forest Project Protocol is undergoing a policy revision to Version 5.0. Proposed revisions to the protocol include the addition of a standardized baseline option for Improved Forest Management (IFM) projects, updated leakage values, a revised minimum verification schedule, and several other updates to enhance usability. Please see the documents available for public review and comment below.


Document/Tool Description
Draft Forest Project Protocol Version 5.0 for Public Comment
(November 1, 2018) 

Draft Forest Project Protocol Version 5.0 – Redline Changes from Version 4.0

The draft Forest Project Protocol Version 5.0 is now available for public review and comment, as well as a draft protocol showing redline changes from Version 4.0. Comments are due December 14, 2018: see instructions in the public comment sections of this webpage below.
Summary of Changes from V4.0 to V5.0 This document summarizes the significant revisions from FPP Version 4.0 to Version 5.0.
Quantification Guidance
(November 1, 2018)
This document provides guidance for quantifying a Forest Project’s onsite carbon stocks and carbon in harvested wood products, both for purposes of estimating a project’s baseline as well as providing ongoing estimates of onsite project carbon stocks throughout the project life.
Assessment Area Data File Batch 2.1 The data provided in the Assessment Area Data File are used for project calibration of:


·         NEW: Basal Area Reference Value – a metric of average basal area across an assessment area, used as an input to the Standardized Baseline Screening Tool

·         Common Practice – a metric of average management performance used as a tool to determine baselines in IFM projects.

·         Composition of Native Species – a metric used to assess the maximum percentage of basal area in any one particular native species within the project area.

·         Rotation Length – A metric used to calculate eligibility for reforestation projects.

·         Value of Harvest – A metric used to calculate eligibility for reforestation projects.

·         Wood Products Generated and Mill Efficiencies – Default values for estimating the percentage of a project’s harvest that goes to various wood products classes.

Standardized Baseline Screening Tool A tool accompanying the protocol, to determine whether an IFM project may use the Standardized Baseline Approach described in Section 6.1.1


Public Comment Period

Written public comments on the draft protocol, guidance documents, and tools are due by 6:00 pm PT on Friday, December 14, 2018. Please submit comments, preferably in MS Word format, to [email protected]. A second public comment period will be planned from mid-January to early March, following the Reserve’s response to initial comments. Final dates for the second public comment period will be announced at a later time.

Public Comment Workshop

The Reserve hosted a public webinar on November 14, 2018 to discuss the proposed changes to the protocol and quantification guidance and solicit public comment. The presentation slides and meeting video are available below.


If you have questions about the draft FPP Version 5.0, please send them to Sarah Wescott at [email protected].