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.

Document/Tool Description Project/Protocol Version Relevance
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
Urban Forest Project Data Forthcoming UTP Project Protocol V2.0
Biomass Equations Forthcoming UTP Project Protocol V2.0
UFM Project Protocol V1.0
Project Design Document (PDD) Template Forthcoming UTP Project Protocol V2.0
UFM Project Protocol V1.0
Project Implementation Agreement Forthcoming UTP Project Protocol V2.0
UFM Project Protocol V1.0

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.