Urban Forest Project Protocol Revision
With support from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CalFIRE) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the Reserve is revising its 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.
The Reserve has received feedback that Version 1.0 of the protocol presented significant hurdles to the successful implementation of urban forest offset projects. The objective of this revision is to develop a revised protocol that will make it more feasible for urban forest projects to be implemented while still meeting regulatory-quality standards for carbon offset development.
Adoption of a revised protocol by the Reserve should facilitate implementation of more urban forest projects, and improvements to the protocol could be considered by the California Air Resources Board in future updates of its own urban forest offset protocol for use in California’s cap-and-trade program.
The revised protocol is now available for review and public comment.
- Urban Forest Project Protocol Version 2.0 – Public Comment Draft (March 21, 2014)
The Reserve has split the draft protocol into two separate protocols to represent the two urban forest project types: Urban Forest Management and Urban Tree Planting. The content in these protocols is identical to the draft above; they simply show how the protocol could look if split into two new project protocols. Please feel free to comment on any of the three protocols, simply reference which document you are commenting on in your formal comment submission.
- Urban Forest Management Project Protocol – Public Comment Draft (April 18, 2014)
- Urban Tree Planting Project Protocol – Public Comment Draft (April 18, 2014)
Public Comment Workshop
The Reserve hosted a public workshop on March 26, 2014 to discuss and solicit comments on draft Version 2.0 of the protocol. The workshop was held in conjunction with the Reserve’s annual conference, NACW 2014, in San Francisco, CA. The webinar video and presentation slides are available below.
Public Comment Period
The Reserve welcomes stakeholder feedback on the draft protocol. Please submit written comments by using the form below. Comments are due by 5:00 pm PDT on Friday, April 25.
Tree Planting Questionnaire
The Climate Action Reserve is seeking to further standardize quantification guidance in the revised Urban Forest Project Protocol. The questionnaire is designed to help the Reserve collect data that will be useful in developing a “common practice” statistic for tree planting activities. The statistic will be useful in identifying “normal” ongoing practices for a variety of municipal, educational, and utility stakeholders throughout a variety of socio-political settings in the United States. It is our goal that the standardized approach will provide clarity to baseline determinations and facilitate project development.
Please take a few moments to provide your responses. The questionnaire can be accessed through the following link: https://sites.google.com/site/treeplantingquestionnaire/
Should you have any questions regarding the questionnaire or the protocol update process, please contact John Nickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your participation!
To ensure that the protocol development process is transparent and open to as wide an audience as possible, the Reserve makes available to the general public documentation from the workgroup portion of protocol development as it occurs. Interested individuals may also participate in workgroup calls/webinars as an “observer.” Please note that observers will be in listen only mode during calls/webinars but are encouraged to provide comments and suggestions to the policy team at any point during the protocol revision process.
|ArborVitae Environmental Services||Sacramento Municipal Utility District|
|California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection||Sacramento Tree Foundation|
|California Urban Forests Council||SCS Global Services|
|City of Palo Alto, CA||The Nature Conservancy|
|City of San Jose, CA||UC Davis|
|Environmental Capital LLC||University of Florida|
|Environmental Conservation Alliance||US Forest Service|
|Hillis Clark et al||West Coast Arborists|
Observers to the Workgroup Process
Stakeholders may participate in the Urban Forest Project Protocol revision process as an observer. They are able to listen in on all workgroup meetings and provide comments to protocol staff prior to the formal public comment period. See below for some of the organizations who are observing the urban forest revision process.
|Dorothy Abeyta, Plant Pathologist||Institute for Environmental Solutions|
|CAL FIRE||Miami-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program|
|California ReLeaf||NYC Parks & Recreation|
|City of San Jose, CA||Sacramento Tree Foundation|
|Code REDD||Texas Climate & Carbon Exchange|
|Fourth Sector Strategies||Zagori|
Please email email@example.com if you are interested in participating as an observer.
This timeline is subject to change and will be updated throughout the revision process.
|Workgroup Formation||April 2013|
|Duration of Protocol Drafting||May 2013 – March 2014|
|Public Comment Period||March – April 2014|
|Final Edits to Draft Protocol||May – June 2014|
|Consideration by Reserve Board||June 2014|
Please contact John Nickerson with questions or comments.