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

Beginning October 1, 2014, the source of CFIP Fuels Reduction funds come from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds (GGRF).  CFIP Fuels Reduction projects are for small, non industrial landowners interested in reducing wildland vegetation hazards on non-federal forestlands land in the State.  All projects must demonstrate the potential for a greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit, be designed to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction objectives, have a measurable GHG reduction accomplishment, and include a scientific methodology to calculate and quantify the GHG emission reductions resulting from the project. 

Applicants who received a Project Application invitation letter should apply.. CFIP Project Applications and attachments must be submitted in hard copy and electronically by April 30, 2015, to the CAL FIRE GGRF Grants Management Unit and mailed to:

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Grants Management Unit
P.O. Box 944246, Sacramento CA

Invited landowner’s need to submit the required forms for their project:

  • CFIP Project Application
  • CFIP Project Summary
  • CFIP Project Description
  • Maps.

Complete information can be found in the CFIP Fuels Reduction Procedural Guidelines (Updated 2/20/15).

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