Get Involved in the Program
How to Generate Credits
1. Submit Validation Checklist
Validation Checklist (available on the Program Documents page under Pre-Field Forms) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The
checklist helps the SETT confirm that the project will meet minimum eligibility
requirements. The SETT will review the checklist and, if minimum eligibility
requirements are met, issue a Notice of Validation.
2. Complete Habitat Assessment
with a certified CCS Verifier to have an extensive habitat assessment (called
the Habitat Quantification Tool or HQT) completed to quantify the credits
available for a specific project area. Most elements of the field work are
required in Spring when vegetation is ideal for sampling. The list of current
Verifiers can be found here under Pre-Field Forms. The Verifier must submit a sampling plan to the SETT
prior to field work and submit results to the SETT upon completion of the HQT
3. Submit Draft Management Plan
draft management Plan using CCS Management Plan template (found here under Post-Field Forms) and submit to the SETT for review and comment by the
4. Finalize Management Plan
parties agree to terms on a final management plan, the plan is signed and
credits can be made available for sale. The SETT will ensure debit project
proponents are informed of credit producers with available and anticipated
credits, and credit producers are also encouraged to market their available or
anticipated credits to potential credit buyers.
Credits and Sign Participant Contract
final negotiations of a credit sale are made including the sale price and term
of commitment, a Participant Contract is signed, credits are transferred to the
credit buyer, financial assurances are finalized to set aside sufficient funds
to ensure project success, and the commitment term in the management plan is
updated as agreed upon for the credits sold. The forms associated with this step are found here under Post-Field Forms.
For further details, refer to the Project
Checklist and other forms and tools as well as the CCS Manual on the Program Documents page.
How to Acquire Credits to Offset Disturbance
1. Submit the Debit
Project Review Form with Section I completed.
To begin to fulfil compensatory mitigation requirements
through the CCS, download the Debit Project Review Form (found here under Pre-Field Forms), and complete Section I.
Submit to the SETT by emailing email@example.com to
begin the consultation process, and work with the SETT to fill out Section II
and appropriately document all avoidance and minimization measures.
2. Complete Habitat Assessment.
Work with a certified CCS Verifier to have an extensive
habitat assessment (called the Habitat Quantification Tool or HQT) completed to
quantify the debits from the planned project to the specific project area. Most
elements of the field work are required in Spring when vegetation is ideal for
sampling. The list of current Verifiers can be found here under Tools, List of Certified Verifiers, &
Project Checklist. The Verifier must submit a sampling plan to the SETT prior
to field work and submit results to the SETT upon completion of the HQT for
3. Purchase Credits.
After review of the habitat assessment (HQT) and the
resulting debits, you are ready to negotiate with credit producers and purchase
available credits. This step mainly involves completion of the remainder of the
Debit Project Review Form, completion of a Credit Purchase Agreement and Credit
Transfer Form (found here under Post-Field Forms), and signing to finalize
For further details, refer to the project checklist and
other forms and tools as well as the CCS Manual on the Program Documents page.
Funding Opportunities for Potential Credit Developers
NRCS RCPP Funds Are Currently Available
please contact the SETT, fill out a Site Validation Checklist with the RCPP
Addendum, and submit it and any required documents to Dan Huser
(firstname.lastname@example.org) of the SETT, who will then complete a credit
estimate for the potential project area. In addition to completing these
prerequisites with the SETT, Applications must be received by NRCS to be
considered. Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed
later in the year.
Trainings and Workshops
CCS Verification Training
The CCS provides the opportunity for experienced Environmental Consultants to become or remain certified as Verifiers to lead habitat assessments or the desktop GIS component of the HQT for CCS debit and credit projects. Verifier training for 2019 will be the last week of March. If interested in attending, please contact Kathleen Petter of the SETT. If interested in learning more details of the Verification process, the User's Guide best explains it in detail, whereas the CCS Manual contains the policies and management of the CCS in further detail. These documents are found here under Manuals & Guides and the HQT can be found here under Tools, List of Certified Verifiers, & Project Checklist.