Urban Forest Project Protocol

The Urban Forest Project Protocol provides guidance to quantify and verify GHG reductions from a planned set of tree planting and maintenance activities implemented to permanently increase carbon storage through trees. The protocol is designed for use by municipalities, educational institutions, and utilities. This protocol was first adopted by the Reserve Board in August 2008.

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 three protocols that ARB adopted for early action.  ARB retains final authority as to what guidance will be accepted for use in the compliance program.

Protocol Revisions

The draft Urban Forest Project Protocol Version 2.0 is available for public review and comment. Please click the link below for more information about the protocol, public workshop, and public comment period.

Protocol Development

Use the links 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.

Click a version of the protocol below to access more information:

Please contact the Policy Team with questions or comments.