Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF)

CAL FIRE has received funding from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) for forestry projects which reduce or avoid GHG emissions.  The funding is authorized by SB 862, Greenhouse gases: emissions reduction.  A total of $42 million has been allocated for projects to:

  • Improve forest health
  • Reduce wildfire vegetation (fuel) hazards
  • Increase carbon sequestration in conifer forests  and implement research projects on Demonstration State Forests
  • Reforest degraded lands 
  • Establish and improve urban and community forests
  • Conserve forestland by avoiding conversion to other uses
  • Develop programmatic timberland environmental impact reports
  • Utilize forest biomass

The goal for all projects is to ensure California's forests continue to be significant carbon storage "sinks" and to reduce or avoid GHG emissions due to pest damage, wildfires, and loss of forest tree cover from development to non-forest uses.

Applicants must demonstrate reduction of greenhouse gases as a result of implementing the proposed project.

To meet these goals, CAL FIRE will issue grants, cost share agreements, expand technical assistance, conduct research, and implement projects.  Grants and cost share agreements will be issued on a competitive basis to public agencies, non-profit organizations, Native American Tribes, and landowners for projects on forestlands and urban forests. CAL FIRE projects, technical assistance, and research will be conducted on its Demonstration State Forests and State Seed Bank. All projects will need to show a GHG benefit in order to be eligible for funding.

Several Programs will be used to deliver funds for projects:

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Draft Procedural Guidelines for public comment - November 14, 2016 - December 30, 2016. Grants to help restore forest health in order to help reduce greenhouse gasses (GHGs).

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Grants for a variety of projects that provide for expansion and better management of urban forests.

Fuels Reduction

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Grants and cost share agreements for selective removal and utilization of vegetation to reduce wildfire hazards.

Reforestation Services

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Grants and cost share agreements to plant forest trees.

Forest Legacy Program

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Grants for conservation easements for landowners through CAL FIRE's Forest Legacy Program.

 Forest Pest Control

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Grants for timber stand improvement/forest health, removal of dead trees, restoration of damaged forests, and utilization of forest biomass.

Forest Practice Program

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Grants for development of the Programmatic Timber Environmental Impact Reports for improved timber management practices.

Demonstration State Forests Research

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Research grants for greenhouse gas reduction projects and carbon sequestration enhancement.

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