Urban Forest Project Protocol

The Urban Forest Project Protocol is now available as two project-specific protocols: Urban Tree Planting and Urban Forest Management. The protocols provide guidance to quantify and verify GHG reductions from tree planting, maintenance, and/or improved management activities implemented to permanently increase carbon storage through trees.

Urban Tree Planting

Protocol Version and Link to Further Information Adoption Date Notes
Version 2.0 June 25, 2014 Available for project submission
Version 1.1 March 10, 2010 Projects may continue to be submitted under the Urban Forest Project Protocol Version 1.1 according to the conditions described in the policy memo dated June 4, 2013
ARB Compliance Offset Protocol for Urban Forest Projects
Comparison of Reserve UFPP to ARB Compliance Offset Protocol for Urban Forest Projects
Version 1.0 August 12, 2008 No longer available for project submission

Versions 1.0 through 1.1 of the Urban Forest Project Protocol were approved by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and credits issued under these versions are eligible to be Early Action Offset Credits. In June 2013, ARB published a notice on its website regarding early action project guidance. The notice may be accessed here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/offsets/offsets.htm

The Reserve is working closely with ARB to assist with its review of all Reserve-issued guidance relating to this protocol and the Reserve’s other four protocols that ARB adopted for early action.

Urban Forest Management

Protocol Version and Link to Further Information Adoption Date Notes
Version 1.0 June 25, 2014 Available for project submission

Protocol Companion Documents and Tools

The documents and tools below are companions to the protocol and must be used for project development and verification oversight. Note that some documents are relevant to a specific project type – Urban Tree Planting (UTP) or Urban Forest Management (UFM). Please refer to the table below for more details.

Document/Tool Description Project/Protocol Version Relevance
Biomass Equations Forthcoming UTP Project Protocol V2.0
UFM Project Protocol V1.0
Project Design Document (PDD) Template Coming soon – The Project Design Document (PDD) template is a structured outline Project Operators should use. The PDD ensures both consistency and completeness in documenting project information. A PDD is required for Urban Forest Projects’ initial reporting periods. UTP Project Protocol V2.0
UFM Project Protocol V1.0
Project Implementation Agreement Coming soon – A Project Implementation Agreement (PIA) is a required agreement between the Reserve and a Project Operator setting forth the Project Operator’s obligation (and the obligation of its successors and assigns) to comply with the Urban Forest Project Protocols. UTP Project Protocol V2.0
UFM Project Protocol V1.0
Project Submittal Form Forms for submitting urban forest projects are available on our Program and Project Documents page. All Urban Forest projects
Quantification Guidance for Urban Tree Planting Projects Guidance for quantifying a UTP Project’s carbon stocks, both for purposes of estimating a project’s baseline as well as providing ongoing estimates of project carbon stocks throughout the project life. UTP Project Protocol V2.0
Quantification Guidance for Urban Forest Management Projects Guidance for quantifying a UFM Project’s carbon stocks, both for purposes of estimating a project’s baseline as well as providing ongoing estimates of project carbon stocks throughout the project life. UFM Project Protocol V1.0
Request for Project Guidance A form to be used by project developers to request project-specific guidance UTP Project Protocol V2.0
UFM Project Protocol V1.0
Request for Verification Guidance A form to be used by verifiers to request project-specific guidance. UTP Project Protocol V2.0
UFM Project Protocol V1.0
Urban Forest Project Data Coming soon – Data to be used for the performance standard metrics. UTP Project Protocol V2.0

Protocol Development

Use the link below to access information about the original protocol development process and previous versions of the Urban Forest Project Protocol. Staff responses to public comments, workgroup participants, and other supporting documents can also be found here.

Urban Forest Project Protocol Development

Please contact the Policy Team with questions or comments.