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.
This Request for Proposals (RFP) will have an open application period from April 1, 2020 and will close on May 31, 2020.
Projects may include forest restoration activities for forestland already impacted by natural disturbance such as fire, insect, and disease, and forest management practices that promote forest resilience to severe wildfire, climate change, and other disturbances. CAL FIRE expects to award at least $2,200,000 of Proposition 68 funding for Forestry Assistance in the fiscal year 2019/2020 with a minimum grant amount of $750,000.
CAL FIRE previously held 3 public workshops and recorded a webinar that helps explain the grant opportunity. Please review the webinar here.
The Proposition 68 funds are authorized through Public Resource Code §80135(a) to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for projects that provide ecological restoration of forests.
Please send any comments or questions to Stewart McMorrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530.379.5085.
For more information about the grant programs, see the Grant Guidelines available on the Forest Stewardship Website:
To sign up for our grants list-serve visit:
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.