The Protocols set out the rules that projects must follow in order to earn certified carbon credits.  These rules include:

  • Where do the projects occur?
  • How long do projects have to last?
  • When does a project receive credits?
  • How is the carbon quantified?

Our drafting group of national urban forest stakeholders has developed drafts of two urban forest protocols, one for tree planting projects and one for tree preservation projects.

Our protocols include:

  • An innovative bundled credit that includes quantified storm water retention, energy savings, and air quality with a metric ton of CO2.  Plus all the other co-benefits of city trees
  • New, streamlined quantification methods for planting projects using both a single tree method and a canopy method, along with spreadsheets that include all steps from data collection to calculation of CO2
  • A first-ever urban tree preservation protocol (“avoided conversion”).

 Posted now are updated versions of all documents as of April 27, 2017.  We have also provided short summaries of protocol requirements for those of you who want something more succinct. 

We will leave these protocols up for comment while we finish our project registry functions.  So please use the submittal form below to make any comments, ask questions, or ask for email updates from us. Or email us directly at  

Comment on the Draft Urban Forest Carbon Protocols.

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