Forest Health Grant Program

Department: CAL FIRE

Program Description: CAL FIRE’s grant program will continue to support forest health activities throughout the State and now includes dedicated funding for Tribes and post-fire reforestation and regeneration. Focused on implementation acres, treatments include reforestation, prescribed fire, fuels modification, pest management, and biomass utilization.

Program Impact: The Forest Health grant program has invested more than $394 million in 97 multi-landowner, landscape scale forest restoration projects. The funds are used for directly implementing forest treatments and have resulted in tens of thousands of acres treated across the state.

Resilience in Action: The San Mateo County Forest Health project involves forest fuels reduction treatments across approximately 445 acres at two county parks and Camp Butano Creek, a property owned and managed by the Girl Scouts of Northern California. The forests in these parks have high fuel loads, rugged, inaccessible topography, and have experiences years of extreme drought, threatening nearby isolated mountain communities that have limited evacuation routes. The removal of brush, dense vegetation, and diseased trees throughout the project area is intended to improve growing conditions and resilience to drought, disease, and wildfire for the remaining forest.