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. 

Landowners (or their representatives) interested in applying for CFIP Fuels Reduction funding must submit a CFIP Concept Proposal (see list at right).  Landowners are encouraged to work with a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) and the local CAL FIRE Unit Forester in developing their Concept Proposal. Concept Proposals must be submitted electronically by November 21, 2014, to the CAL FIRE GGRF Grants Management Unit.  Or mail to:

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

If a landowner’s Concept Proposal is approved, they then submit the required forms for their project:

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

Complete information can be found in the CFIP Fuels Reduction Procedural Guidelines.

CARCD CFIP Reforestation Program

Beginning October 1, 2014, the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD), in partnership with CAL FIRE, will be administering the GGRF funded CARCD CFIP Reforestation Program. Landowners (or their representatives) interested in applying for CARCD CFIP Reforestation Program must submit a Concept Proposal (see list at right).  Concept Proposals must be submitted electronically by December 31, 2014, to the CAL FIRE GGRF Grants Management Unit or mailed to the address above. Please see the CARCD link for full information.

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