Grassland Project Protocol

The Reserve has developed the Grassland Project Protocol to provide guidance on how to quantify, monitor, report, and verify GHG emission reductions associated with the avoided conversion of grassland to cropland. The protocol was first adopted by the Reserve Board in July 2015.

Protocol Revisions

The Grassland Project Protocol is not undergoing revision at this time.

Protocol Companion Documents & Tools

The relevant forms that a Project Developer may need to complete in order to submit and register a grassland project are located on the Program and Project Documents webpage and listed here:

  • Project Submittal form
  • Cooperative Submittal form
  • New Project Enrollment form
  • Cooperative Transfer form
  • Grassland Project Implementation Agreement

Please review the User Guide to Grassland Project Protocol Forms, available in the table below, which provides a comprehensive overview of the forms that are required for different project scenarios.

Document/Tool (version) Description Protocol Version Relevance
GrassTool The Reserve has developed a Grassland Calculation Tool to assist with the quantification of projects using the Grassland Project Protocol. Use of the tool is optional. Request a Copy Here Version 1.0, Version 2.0
Grassland Project Parameters (September 1, 2017) An excel file containing project parameters by stratum and county, as well as discount factors for the uncertainty of modeling future practices and climate. This file is required in order to carry out the quantification for a grassland project. Version 2.0
Grassland Project Handbook v2.0a (May 2018) This Handbook is intended to be a companion document to the Grassland Project Protocol, providing advice and assistance to project developers as they initiate and manage grassland projects. This document will be updated periodically by Reserve staff. Version 2.0
User Guide: Grassland Project Protocol Forms Describes when the various forms mentioned in the Grassland Project Protocol are required and provides example project scenarios to help explain when the forms should be used. Version 1.0
Monitoring Plan Template (April 2016) This document is intended to assist project developers in organizing project data, summarizing key aspects of a project, and to help facilitate verification. It is created at the beginning of a project, and updated over time as conditions change. Version 1.0
Project Monitoring Report Template (April 2016) A report stating the project’s estimated annual emission reductions, attesting that the project is carrying out the intended project activities, and confirming that no reversals have occurred on the project area. Version 1.0

Protocol Development & Previous Versions

Use the link below to access information about the protocol development process for the Grassland Project Protocol. Public comments, staff responses to public comments, workgroup participants, and other supporting documents can also be found here.

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Please contact the Policy Team with questions or comments.