The Wildfire Resilience Program includes several state forestry assistance programs within CAL FIRE that share the goal of improving the health and productivity of private forest lands and reducing the threat posed from wildland fires. In 2018 Senate Bill 901 directed CAL FIRE to create a Wildfire Resilience Program for purposes of assisting nonindustrial timberland owners with wildfire resilience efforts by providing technical assistance on prescribed topics, including helping applicants navigate the permitting process. Individual programs under the Wildfire Resilience program include the Forest Stewardship Program, California Forest Improvement Program, L.A. Moran Reforestation Center and the Forest Legacy Program.
The Forest Stewardship Program and California's Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) offer technical and financial assistance opportunities to assist individual landowners with land management planning, conservation practices to enhance wildlife habitat, and practices to enhance the productivity of their forested land. The L.A. Moran Reforestation Center specializes in cone processing and seed storage as well as nursery grown, native tree seedlings which combine to provide private landowners with the seeds and seedlings needed to restore forests lost to pest, disease or wildfires. Please find links below for more information about each of these programs. The Forest Legacy Program protects environmentally important forest land threatened with conversion to non-forest uses by providing funding for purchase of working forest conservation easements or fee title to willing sellers of forested lands.
Wildfire Resilience Block Grants
CAL FIRE created a grant opportunity in 2020 focused around providing funding for eligible entities to provide technical and financial assistance to forestland owners. The purpose of the block grant 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. In 2020, CAL FIRE awarded $2.2M to two grantees. This program remains dependent on special funds, and no funding is available at this time (July 2021). Please check back for announcements and a new Request for Proposals as funding becomes available.
Forestry Assistance workshops focusing on financial assistance through the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) are being planned for summer 2019. Please check back as details are finalized. If you would like to speak to someone about CFIP, please contact your local Forest Advisor. A listing of regional advisors is available on the right hand side of this page.