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

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
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
Grassland Project Parameters (9/1/15) 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 Version 1.0a (July 2015) 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

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.