CAL FIRE representatives

First-of-their-Kind Grants Support Tribal-led Wildfire Resilience Projects

On September 22, CAL FIRE awarded $19 million for 13 projects as part of the nation-leading Tribal Wildfire Resilience Grant Program launched earlier this month. This funding supports California Native American tribes in managing ancestral lands, employing Traditional Ecological Knowledge in wildfire resilience, and improving wildfire safety for tribal and surrounding communities. Projects that will receive funding from the grants include ongoing fuels reduction projects on tribal lands, recruitment and training of tribal youth and conservation staff, and the improvement of access to and quality of traditional food and basketry materials. These projects support the promotion and innovation of tribal expertise and science to build capacity and improve wildfire resilience throughout tribal ancestral lands.