Avoided Wildfire Emissions Forecast Methodology in development
The Reserve is developing a forecast methodology under its Climate Forward program to recognize the climate benefits associated with fuel treatment activities that lower the risk of catastrophic forest fires and the emissions associated with them. Megafires across the western U.S. have increased in scale, intensity, and frequency and have become major emissions sources. Known management options, such as mechanical fuel treatments and prescribed fires, can moderate the severity of such fires and provide GHG benefits over the long term, in addition to limiting other impacts, including the loss of life, property destruction, and impaired air and water quality.
The Reserve held a kickoff webinar in October 2021 to provide an overview of the Climate Forward program’s Avoided Wildfire Emissions Forecast Methodology development process.
The AWE methodology will be developed through a multi-stakeholder workgroup process. The Reserve strives to create a well-balanced workgroup with representation from industry, government, project developers, academia, verifiers, and environmental advocacy organizations. Workgroup member organizations include:
|Blue Forest Conservation||Sierra Nevada Conservancy|
|California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection||Sierra Pacific Industries|
|Colorado State Forest Service||The Nature Conservancy|
|Firewise Landscapes / Frontline Wildfire Defense||TSS Consultants|
|FRST||University of California, Berkeley|
|HQPlantations Pty Ltd||University of New Mexico|
|Placer County Air Pollution Control District||US Forest Service|
Interested stakeholders are welcome to participate in the process as “observers.” Observers may attend workgroup meetings in listen-only mode, submit written comments on the draft methodology when it is available for public comment, and attend the public webinar held during the public comment period. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in participating as an observer.
Avoided Wildfire Emissions Forecast Methodology Workgroup Meeting 1 (February 24)
- Reserve presentation
- Meeting recording
- Avoided Wildfire Emissions Forecast Methodology – Draft V1.0 for Workgroup Review (February 11, 2022) (Not for public comment)
Avoided Wildfire Emissions Forecast Methodology Workgroup Meeting 2 (March 10)
Avoided Wildfire Emissions Forecast Methodology Workgroup Meeting 3 (March 31)
Methodology Development Timeline
The following timeline will be updated as the methodology development process unfolds.
|Kickoff Webinar||October 28, 2021|
|Workgroup SOI form deadline||November 5, 2021|
|First workgroup meeting||February 24, 2022|
|Second workgroup meeting||March [TBD], 2022|
|Public comment period||April – May, 2022|
|Final methodology review by Reserve staff and posting for project submission||Expected June, 2022|
The methodology is being developed in partnership with Spatial Informatics Group (SIG) and will build on SIG’s prior work in this area and draw from a range of stakeholders with expertise in the ecology and GHG impacts of wildfires, as well as in carbon project development. Funding support is being provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) through the Forest Health Program, as well as by Element Markets and the Coalition for the Upper South Platte.
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