Another historic fire season has Cal Fire taking steps to improve forest management.
Small landowners - 20 to 5000-acres, who have struggled to thin their forests, will be given a share of $18 million dollars over 3-years to improve forest management. Funding to support private forestland owners through this and other programs was provided through Senate Bill-170 Budget Act of 2021. The funds will be released over the next 3 years beginning in 2021 for forest health projects. The funds will be dispersed in bi-monthly blocks of approximately $2 million until all monies have been applied for by project applicants.
The purpose of the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) is to encourage private and public investments in forestlands and resources within the state to ensure adequate future high quality timber supplies, related employment, and other economic benefits, and to protect, maintain, and enhance the forest resource for the benefit of present and future generations.