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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.

Kickoff Webinar

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.

Workgroup

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
Renew West

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 policy@climateforward.org if interested in participating as an observer.

Workgroup Meetings

Avoided Wildfire Emissions Forecast Methodology Workgroup Meeting 1 (February 24)

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

 

Funding

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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