Working Together To Create Healthy Forests
The California Forest Stewardship Program is dependent on partnerships with many organizations and agencies, each of which offers unique resources to landowners and communities:
- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) protects the people of California from fires, responds to emergencies, and protects and enhances forest, range, and watershed value providing social, economic, and environmental benefits to rural and urban citizens.
- Natural Resource Conservation Service. To provide leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, improve, and sustain our natural resources and environment.
- Northern California Society for American Foresters. NorCal SAF is a unit of the Society of American Foresters, with its mission to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems, and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
- Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D). RC&D areas (5 in California) are designated by the Secretary of Agriculture for RC&D technical and financial assistance program funds. NRCS can provide grants for land conservation, water management, community development, and environmental needs in authorized RC&D areas.
- Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs). Resource Conservation Districts act as an independent local government liaison between the federal government and local landowners.
- University of California Cooperative Extension. UC has a number of specialists who focus primarily on forestry-related issues. UC's Cooperative Extension offices are local problem-solving centers where advisors work to bring the University's research-based information to Californians.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a number of wildlife and habitat programs that
can benefit forest landowners.
- U.S. Forest Service has a mission to achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet the diverse needs of the people.