Forest Conservation Program Updated:05/2019

The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) is the lead agency for carrying out a grant program for forest conservation and protection projects.

Pursuant to the provisions of Pubic Resources Code Section 75055 (a), the goal of the grant program is to promote the ecological integrity and economic stability of California's diverse native forests for all their public benefits through forest conservation, preservation and restoration of productive managed forest lands, forest reserve areas, redwood forests and other forest types, including the conservation of water resources and natural habitat for native fish and wildlife and plants found on these lands.

Guiding Principles are designed to facilitate the solicitation of applications that will achieve forest conservation efforts in a manner that promotes ecological integrity and economic stability. Applicants are encouraged to use the principles as benchmarks in completing the project application as they will be used as part of the evaluation and ranking process.

  • Working forests/productive managed forestlands shall be the primary emphasis of the Forest Conservation Program.
  • Forest reserve areas are an important component of California's diverse native forests and shall be part of the Forest Conservation Program.
  • Each project must promote the restoration and/or the maintenance of the ecological integrity and economic stability of the property in the context of the surrounding landscape and regional economy.
  • The project application must articulate in sufficient detail how the proposed project relates to an existing regional, state or local public or private planning process if applicable, and address the local priority and ecological need.
  • Restoration efforts shall contribute toward the ecological integrity and economic stability of the native forest. Restoration projects must demonstrate the long-term protection of the restoration effort and be tied to the forest structure and sustainability. A long-term agreement to manage the restoration effort must coincide with the useful life of the improvements and restoration practices.
  • Projects will be evaluated based on a process that ranks and prioritizes applications based on their ability to sufficiently describe how the project contributes toward the program goal, guidelines and selection criteria.
  • Future management activities and or restoration investment should be from committed or clearly identified and articulated funding sources to be considered part of the project.
  • Overall accomplishment of the program goal can best be achieved through projects that provide the greatest economic efficiency by using the best available tool. Applicants must clearly state the objectives of the project and describe how the project will achieve the stated objectives.

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Contact Forest Conservation Program

Wildlife Conservation Board
1700 9th Street
4th Floor
Sacramento, CA  95811
Phone: (916) 445-1093
Fax: (916) 323-0280

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • California