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, Forestland Steward, has information on a broad range of topics. 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 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.

Gavin Newsom
Office of Governor

Gavin Newsom


Wade Crowfoot
Secretary for Natural Resources

Wade Crowfoot


Thom Porter
CAL FIRE Director

Thom Porter


Contact Info

Forest Stewardship Program:
Stewart McMorrow
California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection 
PO Box 944246, Sacramento, CA 94244-2460
Forest Stewardship Newsletter:
Kate Campbell