California Forest Improvement Program

The purpose of the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) program 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, soil, and water quality. The program provides technical assistance to private forest landowners, forest operators, wood processors, and public agencies. Cost share assistance is provided to private forest landowners, Resource Conservation Districts, and non-profit watershed groups. Cost-shared activities include management planning, site preparation, tree purchase and planting, timber stand improvement, fish and wildlife habitat improvement, and land conservation practices for ownerships containing up to 5,000 acres of forest land.

CFIP Fuels Reduction

The purpose of the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) program 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, soil, and water quality. The program provides technical assistance to private forest landowners, forest operators, wood processors, and public agencies. Cost share assistance is provided to private forest landowners, Resource Conservation Districts, and non-profit watershed groups. Cost-shared activities include management planning, site preparation, tree purchase and planting, timber stand improvement, fish and wildlife habitat improvement, and land conservation practices for ownerships containing up to 5,000 acres of forest land.

FUNDING
The source of funds for CFIP projects historically has come from California’s Forest Resource Improvement Fund (FRIF). FRIF receives its funding from timber sale revenue off of the State’s Demonstration Forests. Funding may also be provided from other State sources; e.g. the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and the Timber Regulation Forest Restoration Fund. Funding may also be provided from other State and Federal sources, e.g. Forest Stewardship Program and the Forest Health Management Program.

It is important to note that different funding sources may have different requirements or additional application procedures. Be sure to discuss this with your Forestry Assistance Specialist (FAS) at the CAL FIRE unit in which your project resides, the Regional FAS, or call the CFIP program manager in Sacramento. A list of contacts is provided in the “More Info” section to the right.

Beginning in July 2015, CAL FIRE will utilize the Timber Regulation Forest Restoration Fund (TRFRF) to fund cost-share agreements with landowners wishing to engage in Timber Stand Improvement (TSP), Fuels Reduction, and land conservation practices including road rehabilitation.

APPLYING
Landowners wishing to apply for CFIP are encouraged to contact their CAL FIRE Unit Forester or the unit’s Forestry Assistance Specialist (FAS), or their Registered Professional Forester (RPF) for assistance in developing their application package. The CFIP application will include an Application Form, a Project Summary, and a brief Project Description and a Map of the proposed project.  The Application form is a questionnaire asking information necessary to determine eligibility and cost-share rates. The Project Summary, Project Description and map show what is proposed, how much funding is requested, and where the project is located.  The funding rate requested must be explained and justified in the Project Description. Failure to adequate describe the project could result in delays or denial of approval.

CFIP applications may be submitted* at any time. If funds for your project aren’t available, the application will be kept on file by the local CAL FIRE Unit Forester or FAS.  When funding is available you will be notified to prepare and send in any additional paperwork needed to complete the (Contract) Agreement Package.   

*Submit Applications to:
Jeff Calvert or CFIP Coordinator, CAL FIRE Resource Management
P.O. Box 944246,
Sacramento, CA
94244-2460

FIELD INSPECTION
After the CAL FIRE forester receives your application, he or she will meet with you and your RPF to look at your project and get an overview of your property. Any needed modifications to your project and/or revisions to the application package will be discussed at this time. Once the project is approved and funding is available, you will be notified to prepare an Agreement package.

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