Nitrogen Management Project Protocol Revision

With the generous support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, under the Conservation Innovation Grant program, the Reserve is commencing a significant revision and expansion to its Nitrogen Management Project Protocol (NMPP). Aside from numerous revisions to protocol content, the expansion also includes developing a new standardized quantification methodology module(s) that expand(s) the scope of the NMPP Version 1.1 to include additional regions, crops, and nitrogen management practices. The Reserve intends to keep the quantification methodology in Version 1.1 that is based on the MSU-EPRI model, while a technical contractor – Mark Easter Consulting LLC – will provide additional quantification module(s). The Reserve is planning to present an expanded NMPP Version 2.0 to the Reserve Board of Directors for adoption in early 2018.


The Reserve is revising the NMPP through a multi-stakeholder workgroup process. The workgroup consists of representatives from the organizations listed below.

Michigan State UniversityUSAIDStanford UniversityVeri6 Inc

Carbon Credit Solutions Inc. Stanford University, Carnegie Institution for Science
Climate Smart Group The Climate Trust
Cornell University The Fertilizer Institute
Environmental Defense Fund UC Davis, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Environmental Services, Inc. UC Davis, Soils and Biogeochemistry
International Plant Nutrition Institute University of Vermont

Stakeholders not participating as workgroup members may follow the protocol revision process as “observers.” Observers will receive protocol updates, meeting notices, and can listen in to workgroup meetings. If interested in participating as an observer, please email [email protected].

Workgroup Meetings

NMPP Workgroup Meeting 4
June 20, 2018
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
Register for the webinar here:

NMPP Workgroup Meeting 3
December 12, 2017
Meeting Video

NMPP Workgroup Meeting 2
October 10, 2017
Meeting Video

NMPP Workgroup Meeting 1
August 29, 2017
Reserve Presentation
Meeting Video


Nitrogen Management Survey

In late 2016, the Reserve issued a Nitrogen Management Stakeholder Survey to gather feedback and recommendations from stakeholders involved in the development and/or implementation of the NMPP and/or other agricultural offset protocols and methodologies on the future expansion of the protocol. The results of the survey are summarized in the memo below.

On March 15, 2017, the Reserve held a webinar to go over the results of this survey, the biggest takeaways, and next steps for the protocol revision as discussed in the memo. Meeting materials are available below.

Submitting Data for Future Expansion

When the protocol is not undergoing revision, the Reserve accepts submittals of data that could be used to develop new or expand upon existing quantification methodologies. However, at this time, this process is on hold in order to accommodate the RFP process outlined above and efficiently revise the protocol. Once the revised protocol has been adopted for use, this process will likely open again. For more information on the data submittal process under V1.0 and V1.1, please see the following webpage: Submitting Data for Future Expansion.

If you have questions about the NMPP revision, please contact Trevor Anderson at [email protected] or 213-891-6927.