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:
- Site Preparation
- Trees and Planting
- Tree Shelters
- Stand Improvement
- Pre-commercial Thinning or Release
- 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.
September 27, 2019 - Proposition 68 Grant Program UPDATE
The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) was passed by voters in June of 2018. Proposition 68 funds are authorized through Public Resource code §80135(a) to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for projects that provide ecological restoration of forests. Projects may include forest restoration activities and forest management practices that promote forest resilience to severe wildfire, climate change, and other disturbances. CAL FIRE has been awarded $6 million of Proposition 68 funding for the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) for fiscal year 2019-2020.
CFIP is currently planning the roll-out of this grant opportunity to the eligible forest landowners of California. Prior to awarding CFIP Grants, CFIP is required to amend the CFIP Guidelines in-order to include the Proposition 68 funding requirements and allow a 30-day public review of the Proposition 68 CFIP Guidlines. The CFIP Guidelines have been amended to include the Proposition 68 Funding requirements. The complete Proposition 68 CFIP Guidelines are now officially posted for the required 30-day public comment period. The Proposition 68 CFIP Guidelines constitute the CFIP User’s Guide (2019 Edition); Appendix A – CFIP Advancement Agreement Guidelines; Appendix B – CFIP 2019-2020 Proposition 68 Additional Guidelines. The deadline for public comments is October 27, 2019. CAL FIRE CFIP will accept written comments on the posted Proposition 68 CFIP Guidelines.
To submit written comments, please use the subject line: “Comment Letter – Proposition 68 CFIP Guidelines” and should be submitted to the attention of: Dale E. Meese, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; 6105 Airport Road; Redding, CA 96002. Comment letters may be submitted to CAL FIRE CFIP via email (if less than 15 megabytes) at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the electronic comment letter is greater than 15 megabytes, it may be submitted by fax at (530) 226-3983. Couriers delivering hard copies of comment letters must check in with lobby security personnel, who can accept and deliver the information to Dale E. Meese at (530) 226-8941.
In addition, CFIP will host three public meetings to provide opportunity for public review and comment of the Proposition 68 CFIP Guidelines. These three public meetings will be held on the following dates/locations:
- Fresno: TBD Check back soon for details
- Sacramento: November 4th 11:00 - 1:00 PM. This will be a webinar only that is intended to serve those who can not make it in person to the other two meetings. Please register for the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9075793789126254349
- Redding: TBD Check back soon for details
Upon completion of the public review/comment period, all comments shall be addressed. Once all comments have been addressed, CFIP will notify the public via the website that Proposition 68 funding is available for encumbrance of CFIP grant projects. The notification shall also identify the quarterly distribution of the Proposition 68 funds. At this time, we are estimating that an open application period will be open from early November until late November, with project funding decisions based on project ranking made immediately following the close of the application period. CAL FIRE will be releasing $1.5 million per quarter. Only the highest ranked CFIP projects/applications will be selected for funding in each application period. Once the funds have been liquidated or encumbered for the designated quarter, all valid unfunded CFIP projects/applications shall be moved to the next funding cycle to compete with CFIP projects/applications that are submitted during that designated period. We expect to open a second application period immediately following the preceding one.
We expect to have application periods end on the following dates:
- November 30, 2019
- February 28, 2020
- May 30, 2020
- August 30, 2020
Please check back to this website as dates can potentially change.
The Application/Contract Process:
The CFIP User's Guide and Forestry Assistance staff contacts are provided at the top of this page under “More Information”. The User’s Guide contains answers to common questions about CFIP, including the application process. The Unit Forestry FAS are always available to pre-consult on potential projects and answer any questions you may have.
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: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/calfire_fh_draftqm_16-17.pdf (Coming soon).