Environmental Protection Program

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California.

CAL FIRE's mission includes protecting California's resources-- not only from natural disaster, but from the direct and indirect impacts that may arise from the Department's actions. CAL FIRE's own activities, as well as those it approves, permits, funds or otherwise facilitates, may impact the environment, and are therefore subject to environmental review. The Environmental Protection Program strives to provide protection to the resources of the state through its sub-program areas to ensure that:

    • State and federal environmental laws are observed.
    • Forested landscapes are managed wisely.
    • The state's varied biological resources are enhanced.
    • Water quality is protected and maintained.
    • The state's archeological, historical and tribal cultural resources are protected.
    • California's wildlands are managed to minimize and offset climate change effects.
    • The state's woody biomass resource is efficiently utilized.

Notices of upcoming hearings and environmental documents currently open for public comment are available on the public notice page.

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