California's forests provide innumerable benefits, including clean water and air, recreation, timber, habitat, and beautiful scenery. Approximately one fourth of the state's diverse forests are owned by non-industrial private landowners.
The California Forest Stewardship Program was created to encourage good stewardship of California's private forestland. The program provides technical information and assistance to landowners to promote sound forest management, and assists communities in solving forest-related issues.
A quarterly newsletter, The Forestland Steward, has information on a broad range of topics from over 20 years of publication. There are programs that offer financial and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and a landowner curriculum. The Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee, made up of representatives of diverse interests, provides direction for the Forest Stewardship Program. A full listing of past a current editions can be found at the Placer County Resource Conservation District website.
The California Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee is an advisory body for the California Stewardship Program, which is administered by the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection through the Forest Legacy Program. The committee meets quarterly to learn about forestry issues throughout the state and to make recommendations.
The Forestry and Fuel Management Committee of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) has taken on the responsibility of the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee. This committee has been active in forest stewardship issues, such as pre-fire fuels management and forest healthy, and represents such diverse interests as the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and UC Cooperative Extension; consulting foresters; forest products industry; forest landowners, land trusts, conservation and environmental organizations; and local government.
The CARCD website serves as the clearinghouse for all information associated with this committee.
CAL FIRE has created a new grant opportunity focused around providing funding for eligible entities to provide technical and financial assistance to forestland owners. The purpose of the RFP is to allow prospective grantees the ability to provide a program of financial and technical forestry assistance to nonindustrial forest landowners, where the grantee serves as the supervising entity, receives the grant from CAL FIRE and then provides outreach and/or technical/financial assistance to landowners so they can conduct forest restoration or management activities on their property.
Proposition 68 Wildfire Resilience and Forestry Assistance Grant Awards 2020
The Proposition 68 Wildfire Resilience and Forestry Assistance Grant application period ended May 31, 2020. CAL FIRE received a total of 9 applications with a total request of over $10 million. The Forestry Assistance program completed its review and has selected the following applicants for funding. This program is a new grant opportunity that was created specifically for the Proposition 68 funding, however the need for this type of grant remains significant. CAL FIRE Forestry Assistance Program staff will be evaluating the success of this grant and hope to expand this opportunity in future fiscal years. Thank you to all the applicants who competed for this limited amount of funding.
Applicant: Rebuild North Bay Foundation
Project Title: North Bay Forest Improvement Program
County: Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino
Brief Project Description:
Rebuild NorthBay Foundation proposes to partner with five Resource Conservation Districts in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, and Mendocino Counties. Funding will be directed toward high priority forest restoration projects on 500-700 acres on 30-40 forestland ownerships in disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged communities. The program will support investment in forest health and resilience projects to reduce fuel loads and risks of wildfire, insect, and disease epidemics on private properties in forested areas. These projects are outlined in the Sonoma-Lake-Napa CAL FIRE Unit Fire Plan, the Mendocino CAL FIRE Unit Fire Plan, the Mendocino County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and the Sonoma Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Award Amount: $1,500,000.00
Applicant: Plumas County Fire Safe Council
Project Title: Plumas Disadvantaged Communities Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project
Brief Project Description:
The Plumas County Fire Safe Council will be implementing forest improvement projects in the communities of Chester, Quincy, and Portola in areas designated as Disadvantaged and/or Severely Disadvantaged Communities. Forest improvement work will include the thinning of overgrown forests and pruning desirable trees to provide fuel reduction benefits as well as improve aesthetics and promote healthy forests. Work will be occurring on approximately 720 acres on at least 40 ownership and is expected to occur in Firewise USA communities and implemented pursuant to the priorities set forth in the Plumas County Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Award Amount: $700,000.00
A Collaborative Effort
The California Forest Stewardship Program is a collaborative project of the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and USDA Forest Service. The Placer Resource Conservation District (RCD), UC Cooperative Extension Forestry, Northern California Society for American Foresters, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and many other organizations and agencies are partners in projects and programs sponsored and supported by the California Stewardship Program.
For more information, contact: Stewart McMorrow Forestry Assistance, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, PO Box 944246 Sacramento, CA 94244-2460.