The purpose of the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) is to encourage private and public investment in, and improved management of, California forest lands and resources. This focus is to ensure adequate high quality timber supplies, related employment and other economic benefits, and the protection, maintenance, and enhancement of a productive and stable forest resource system for the benefit of present and future generations.

The program scope includes the improvement of all forest resources including fish and wildlife habitat, and soil and water quality. Cost-share assistance is provided to private and public ownerships containing 20 to 5,000 acres of forest land. Cost-shared activities include:

  • Preparation of a Forest Management Plan by a Registered Professional Forester (RPF)
  • RPF Supervision of the following:
    • Reforestation
      • Site Preparation
      • Trees and Planting
      • Tree Shelters
    • Stand Improvement
      • Pre-commercial Thinning or Release
      • Pruning
      • Follow-up (includes mechanical, herbicide and/or slash disposal follow-up
    • Forestland conservation practices / fish and wildlife habitat improvement


The source of funds for CFIP projects historically has come from California's Forest Resource Improvement Fund (FRIF). CAL FIRE may also receive funding from a variety of other State and Federal sources. Different funding sources may have different requirements or additional application procedures. Be sure to discuss this with your Forestry Assistance Specialist (FAS) at the CAL FIRE unit in which your project resides, the Regional FAS, or call the CFIP program manager in Sacramento. A list of contacts is provided in the "More Info" section to the right.

Current Funding Availability:
The California Forest Improvement Program has fully encumbered all available funds for fiscal year 2018.We are currently not accepting new applications because we will be transitioning over to an online application process once new funds become available.We will announce when new funds become available and will provide instructions on how to apply using the new process.

The Unit Forestry FAS will continue to be available to pre-consult on potential projects.

Carbon Accounting:
Some projects must include calculated estimates of carbon benefits, tabulated as metric tons of CO2(MTCO2e). You will be informed if this is required. Accounting for the total carbon dioxide equivalents sequestered as a result of the reforestation activities will be determined using The California Air Resources Board Greenhouse Gas Quantification Methodology for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Forest Health Program. This quantification methodology can be found at this link: (Coming soon).

The Application/Contract Process:
Please read the CFIP User's Guide, provided in the “Start Here" section to the right. The User’s Guide contains answers to common questions about CFIP.

Are you a private forest landowner in need of help with reforestation? Take a minute to learn about seedlings available for replanting and how the California Forest Improvement Program and other organizations may be able to share the costs:

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