When Version 3.0 of the Forest Protocol (FP) was adopted by the Reserve’s Board of Directors on September 1, 2009 the Board instructed Reserve staff to continue to explore a series of issues related to forest carbon accounting and forest management practices. To this end, the Reserve commissioned a series of white papers to examine these issues in more depth. The white papers cover the following topics:
- Accounting for carbon in soils affected by forest carbon projects
- Accounting for carbon in lying dead wood
- Evaluation of sustainable forestry certification programs and criteria
- Effects on forest carbon of even-aged management and alternative silvicultural activities
- Assessment of forest project eligibility on federal lands
The first four of these papers are available for download below.
- Accounting for Carbon in Soils
- Carbon Accounting and Management of Lying Dead Wood
- Sustainable Forest Management Certification
- Carbon Dynamics Associated with Even-Aged Management
Public Comment Period for Federal Lands White Paper
The final white paper concerning the assessment of forest project eligibility on federal lands is available for public review below.
- Forest Offset Projects on Federal Lands (June 1, 2012)
Briefly, the main conclusions of the federal lands white paper are:
- The main barrier to allowing offsets from federal forests is a lack of clarity that federal lands can accept encumbrances from private entities, such as the Reserve, to protect the integrity of forest offset projects.
- There are some challenges in assuring that offsets are real, additional, and permanent, but in general the existing Reserve forest protocol can be applied to federal lands.
- In general, there is modest opportunity for creation of forest carbon credits on federal lands because baseline carbon stocks are high (the opportunities for additional sequestration are limited) and the administrative costs of implementing offset projects on federal lands are high.
Similar to the other white papers, the objective in developing the federal lands paper is to further explore with stakeholders the possibility of expanding the scope and applicability of the FP. To begin that process, the Reserve held a public comment period which ended on July 18, 2012. Public comments on the federal lands paper are available below.
|Placer County Air Pollution Control District||The Wilderness Society|
|The Trust for Public Land||Yurok Tribe|
Public Workshop for Federal Lands White Paper
The Reserve hosted a public workshop in San Francisco on July 13, 2012 to discuss the Federal Lands White Paper as well as the draft FP Version 3.3. The presentation is available below.
Proposed Strategy to Revise the Forest Protocol in Response to White Papers
In response to the first four forest protocol white papers and stakeholder feedback, the Reserve has proposed a strategy to revise the Forest Protocol. Please review the document below for further detail.
Proposed Strategy to Revise the Forest Protocol (June 20, 2011)
The Reserve held a 45-day public comment period for written comments on the first four completed white papers. The comment period ended on March 25, 2011 and public comments and staff responses to comments are available below.
Summary of Comments and Responses – Forest White Papers (June 20, 2011)
The Reserve hosted two public workshops to solicit further input from the public on these papers. Please see below for the webinar presentation slides, agendas, and video presentations.
If you have questions about the forest protocol white papers, please contact [email protected].