The Forest Health Program awards funding to landscape-scale land management projects that achieve the following objectives: Restore forest health & resilience to California’s forests. Promote long-term storage of carbon in forest trees & soils. Minimize the loss of forest carbon from high severity wildfires. Further California's climate change mitigation & adaptation goals.
Through grants to regionally-based partners and collaboratives, CAL FIRE seeks to significantly increase fuels management, fire reintroduction, reforestation, and conservation of forests degraded by overcrowding, drought, pest infestation, and catastrophic fire.
All Forest Health projects must have climate benefits that account for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from 1) treatment activities, 2) avoided future wildfire and fossil fuel use, and 3) reforestation and/or growth and yield of remaining vegetation. Applicants will be required to submit data to support CAL FIRE's calculations of such benefits.
The Forest Health Program is part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Fostering healthy forests calls for a balanced approach using a variety of activities including:
Forest fuels reduction
Biomass utilization in wood products and energy
Conservation -- Forest Legacy Program
Research -- Forest Health Research Program
Activities must be applied across large landscapes to achieve regional resilience. Projects that implement a mix of activities with multiple, experienced partners will be given priority.
Projects may include planning, organizational and business capacity-building, and workforce and infrastructure development as components of proposed projects.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
CAL FIRE will enter into grant agreements with local, state, and federal publicagencies; Native American tribes; universities; special districts; industrial and nonindustrial private forest landowners; and non-profit organizations.
To be eligible for funding under CAL FIRE's Forest Health Grant Program, projects must: focus on large, landscape-scale forestlands composed of one or more landowners, which may cover multiple jurisdictions. Large landscapes usually mean sub-watersheds, firesheds, or larger logical management units.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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