PRIVATE LANDOWNER ASSISTANCE

12.2 million acres of forestland in our state belong to private landowners, creating the need to increase access to technical and financial assistance to forestland owners for forest management planning, fuels reduction, prescribed fire, and forest recovery following wildfires. The Private Landowner Work Group was created to address a common framework and shared goals to expand forest management across non-industrial private forestlands and to support private landowners in wildfire resilience initiatives.


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Financial Assistanceprograms


California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP): CAL FIRE provides eligible private forest landowners with technical and cost-share financial assistance for planning, reforestation, and resource management. 

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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service provides eligible private forest landowners with cost share funding for a variety of forest improvement practices.

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Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP): USDA-Farm Service Agency helps private landowners restore forests damaged by natural disasters through cost-share payments.

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My Sierra Woods – A program of the American Forest Foundation, MSW provides technical and financial assistance for family forest landowners across Northern California.

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CAL FIRE Wildfire Resilience — Several 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.

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Technical Assistance & Resources


UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE): UCEE works collaboratively with California landowners to support responsible forest stewardship. 

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California Resource Conservation District (RCD): RCD’s partner with local communities, individuals, and others in planning, designing, permitting, monitoring, and grant application support for land management projects. 

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California Tree Farm Program
– a program that gives landowners the tools they need to be effective stewards of their forests

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California Fire Safe Council (CFSC): CFSC provides technical assistance and support to Fire Safe Councils and other community wildfire preparedness groups and maintains a Grant Clearinghouse to get federal fire prevention and mitigation funding to local communities. 

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Fire Safe Councils: Local organizations throughout California that educate homeowners about community wildfire preparedness activities while working with local fire officials to design and implement projects that increase the wildfire survivability of their communities.

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Education


The Forestland Steward Newsletter

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Forest Management Handbook for Small Parcel Landowners

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Forest Stewardship Workshops from UC Extension

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Guide to Planning and Permitting Fuel-Reduction Projects on Private Lands

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Work Group Products


The Private Landowner Assistance Work Group previewed the California Implementation Strategy to Improve Assistance to Small Private Owners.

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Work Group: Private Landowner Assistance


Partnering Organizations



Work Group leads


American Forest FoundationChantz Joyce
Association of Resource Conservation Districts – Sophia Lemmo
Sonoma County Resource Conservation DistrictJason Wells
Forest Landowners of CaliforniaLarry Camp
University of California Cooperative ExtensionSusie Kocher
University of California Cooperative ExtensionYana Valachovic
U.S. Forest ServiceDana Walsh
Rural County Representatives of CaliforniaStaci Heaton
State Fire Safe CouncilHedi Jalon

Stewart McMorrow, CAL FIRE

Chris Zimny, NRCS-CA


Work Group Facilitator

Sophia Lemmo, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts

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