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 adopted by the Reserve Board in July 2015.

Protocol Companion Documents & Tools

Document/Tool (version) Description Protocol Version Relevance
Grassland Project Parameters 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 1.0
Reserve Grassland Calculation Tool (Coming Soon) The Reserve is developing a Grassland Calculation Tool to assist with the quantification of projects using the Grassland Project Protocol.
Use of the tool is optional.
Version 1.0
Grassland Contract Project Implementation Agreement (Contract PIA) The PIA is a legal agreement between the Reserve and a Grassland Owner setting forth: (i) the Grassland Owner’s obligation (and the obligation of its successors and assigns) to comply with the Grassland Project Protocol, and (ii) the rights and remedies of the Reserve in the event of any failure of the Grassland Owner to comply with its obligations. The Contract PIA is not recorded on the deed to the property. Version 1.0
Grassland Recorded Project Implementation Agreement (Recorded PIA) (Coming Soon) The PIA is a legal agreement between the Reserve and a Grassland Owner setting forth: (i) the Grassland Owner’s obligation (and the obligation of its successors and assigns) to comply with the Grassland Project Protocol, and (ii) the rights and remedies of the Reserve in the event of any failure of the Grassland Owner to comply with its obligations. The Recorded PIA must be recorded on the deed to the property. Version 1.0

Protocol Revisions

The Grassland Project Protocol is not currently undergoing revision.

Protocol Development & Previous Versions

Use the link below to access information about the original 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.