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Department of Ecology
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Offset - Forest Offset Technical Working Group

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Working group description and purpose

The Forest Offset Protocol Expert Working Group will be comprised of individuals with expertise in the development, registration, verification, or analysis of compliance or voluntary forest offset projects. As part of the WAC 173-446 Offsets Rulemaking, Ecology is considering revisions and additions to offset protocols adopted in WAC 173-446. The purpose of this working group is to help inform Ecology’s proposals related to revisions to the adopted California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) Compliance Offset Protocol – U.S. Forest Projects – June 25, 2015. The working group will provide input on a series of potential revisions under consideration sourced from CARB's 2021 Offset Taskforce Report, voluntary offset market protocols, and public comments received during this rulemaking.

Meeting schedule

The schedule has not yet been determined. The current goal is for the working group to start in May 2024 and meet every four weeks. The working group is expected to last about six months.

Apply to be a member

Application information and deadlines will be coming. To stay informed about the applications, please subscribe to our Cap-and-Invest Offsets email list and check out our Cap-and-invest Offsets webpage.

Provide input on the protocols

Non-working group members may provide comments through our public comment form on the rulemaking. The informal comment period is open until June 30, 2024. 

Additional working groups

Ecology will also be forming an Environmental Justice Offset Working Group that is expected to begin meeting late spring or early summer. This group will help inform environmental justice considerations related to any proposed protocol changes. Members of this group will not need to have knowledge about offsets or the Climate Commitment Act, and we will instead seek members with lived or professional experience with environmental justice and injustice. 

To stay informed about the applications for the other working groups, please subscribe to our Cap-and-Invest Offsets email list and check out our Cap-and-invest Offsets webpage.

Resources

Working Group Contact

Jordan Wildish, Offsets Lead Planner
CCAOffsets@ecy.wa.gov

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