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 Fall 2018.

Public Comments

The draft Nitrogen Management Project Protocol Version 2.0 is now available for public review and comment. Proposed updates to the protocol include expanded applicability to new practices, crops, and regions; a new emission factor-based Excel quantification tool; modified benchmarks for the performance standard test for additionality; revisions to project, aggregate, and ownership structures; removal of corn stalk nitrate testing requirements for verification; and several other revisions to enhance usability. A copy of the draft, summary of changes, and supporting tools are found below:

Comments will be accepted until 6:00 pm PDT on Friday, August 31, 2018. Please submit questions or written comments, preferably in MS Word format, to [email protected] or by completing the online submission form below:

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Public Workshop

The Reserve hosted a public comment webinar on August 15, 2018 to discuss the revisions to the Nitrogen Management Project Protocol. The webinar recording and presentation slides are available below.

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


Carbon Credit Solutions Inc. The Climate Trust
Climate Smart Group The Fertilizer Institute
Cornell University UC Davis, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Environmental Defense Fund UC Davis, Soils and Biogeochemistry
Environmental Services, Inc. University of Vermont
International Plant Nutrition Institute USAID
Michigan State University Veri6 Inc
Stanford Law School  

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
Meeting Presentation
Meeting Video
Nitrogen Management Project Protocol Version 2.0 Workgroup Draft (June 14, 2018)
(Note: The Workgroup Draft is not for public comment)

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.