The purpose of the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) is to encourage private and public investment in, and improved management of, California forest lands and resources. This focus is to ensure adequate high quality timber supplies, related employment and other economic benefits, and the protection, maintenance, and enhancement of a productive and stable forest resource system for the benefit of present and future generations.
The program scope includes the improvement of all forest resources including fish and wildlife habitat, and soil and water quality. Cost-share assistance is provided to private and public ownerships containing 20 to 5,000 acres of forest land. Cost-shared activities include:
Preparation of a Forest Management Plan by a Registered Professional Forester (RPF)
RPF Supervision of the following:
Reforestation, Site Preparation, Trees and Planting, Tree Shelters, Stand Improvement, Pre-commercial Thinning or Release, Pruning, Follow-up (includes mechanical, herbicide and/or slash disposal follow-up), Forestland conservation practices / fish and wildlife habitat improvement
Broadcast/controlled/cultural burning is not eligible for CFIP cost share.
- Public Agency
Landowners must own at least 20 acres of forestland but not more than 5,000 acres of forestland in California. The 20-acre minimum does not apply to forestland zoned timber production zone. Forestland means land at least 10 percent occupied by trees of any size that are native to California. Developed areas such as structures, landscaping, and gardens shall not be excluded from the 20-acre minimum property size and shall be included.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Landowners less than 500 acres can receive 90% funding. Landowners greater than 500 acres receive 75% funding, unless the property has been substantially damaged due to fire, flood, insects, in which case they will receive 90% funding
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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