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, 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
(June 5, 2019) 

Draft Forest Project Protocol Version 5.0 – Redline Changes from First Public Comment Draft

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 the first public comment draft. Comments are due July 12, 2019: see instructions in the public comment section of this webpage below.
Summary of Changes from First Public Comment Draft V5.0 to Second Public Comment Draft V5.0 This document summarizes the revisions from FPP Version 5.0 released for public comment in November 2018 to Version 5.0 released for public comment in June 2019.
Quantification Guidance
(June 5, 2019)
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.
First Public Comment Draft of the Forest Project Protocol Version 5.0 (November 1, 2018) This draft of the Forest Project Protocol Version 5.0 is no longer available for public comment.
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

 

Second Public Comment Period

Written public comments on the second draft of the protocol are due by 6:00 pm PT on Friday, July 12, 2019. Please submit comments, preferably in MS Word format, to [email protected].

First Public Comment Period

The first public comment period was held from November 1, 2018 to December 14, 2018. See below for the summary of comments and responses from Reserve staff, as well as the submitted comments in their entirety.

Barbara Haya New Forests
Bluesource The Climate Trust
California Forest Carbon Coalition (CFCC) The Conservation Fund
Christopher Galik William Stewart

First Public Comment Period 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].