CA Fisheries Habitat Restoration - Forest Land Anadromous Restoration (FLAR) Focus

California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 30, 2019 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: College / University Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Mendocino County, Napa County, San Mateo County Expand all

Location of residency: California

View website    Save Need help writing this grant?



The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) through the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is soliciting proposals for projects that restore, enhance, or protect anadromous salmonid habitat in anadromous watersheds of California or projects that lead to restoration, enhancement, or protection of anadromous salmonid habitat, as well as contribute to the objectives of the California Water Action Plan, State Wildlife Action Plan, and the fulfillment of CDFW’s Mission. There are four focuses under which funds can be awarded; this page details the following focus area:

  • Forest Land Anadromous Restoration (FLAR) Focus

Forest Land Anadromous Restoration (FLAR) Focus

Restoration projects may be implemented as a part of timber harvesting plans and other such types ofprojects subject to the Z’Berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act and the California Forest Practice Rules, but may not provide necessary mitigation for the plans’ potential impacts.

Proposals must include pre- and post- project monitoring as a component of the project to assess restoration project outcomes. Proposals must follow CDFW monitoring guidelines. For project monitoring see DFG’s California Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual 4th edition. For validation monitoring see Protocols for Monitoring the Response of Anadromous Salmon and Steelhead to Watershed Restoration in California by Walter Duffy.

The Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund is anticipated to provide at least $2 million to fund projects under the FLAR Focus. Projects submitted under this Focus cannot exceed two years.

Applicants are encouraged to work with the California Conservation Corps crews (including the Watershed Stewards Program) for project completion as appropriate.

Objectives of the FLAR Focus

The primary objective of the FLAR Focus is to provide funds to be used on forested watersheds to restore conditions beneficial to State and/or federally listed anadromous salmonids. Projects must address legacy impacts of forest management (e.g., impeded fish passage at forest road stream crossings, sediment discharge from old forest roads and landings, and lack of in-stream large woody debris providing rearing habitat). Proposals submitted for FLAR Focus consideration must address a legacy impact on non-federal public or private forest land and meet the criteria listed below.

Proposals for FLAR funding must include pre- and post- project monitoring as a component of the project. This effectiveness monitoring is to assess restoration project outcomes. This is a required element for applicants applying under the FLAR Focus .

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Entities eligible to apply for grants under this PSN are limited to public agencies, Native American Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations. 
  • There are four criteria to the FLAR Focus. All four criteria must be met in order for a proposal to be accepted for consideration under the FLAR Focus.
    • Species Criteria: The proposed project must benefit coho salmon, Chinook salmon, or steelhead trout.
    • Geographic Criteria:
      • Projects must be within one of the following watersheds on non-federal forest land:
        • Smith River - HUC 10
        • Point Saint George-Frontal Pacific Ocean - HUC 10
        • Mad-Redwood - HUC 8
        • Lower Eel - HUC 8
        • South Fork Eel - HUC 8
        • Mattole - HUC 8
        • Big-Navarro-Garcia - HUC 8
        • Gualala-Salmon - HUC 8
        • Dry Creek - HUC 10
        • Middle Russian River - HUC 10
        • Austin Creek - HUC 10
        • Lower Russian River - HUC 10
        • Scott - HUC 8
        • Tectah Creek-Klamath River - HUC 10
        • Turwar Creek-Klamath River - HUC 10
        • Battle Creek - HUC 8
        • Napa River - HUC 10
        • Sonoma Creek-Frontal San Pablo Bay Estuaries - HUC 10
        • Pescadero Creek - HUC 10
        • Waddell Creek-Frontal Ano Nuevo Bay - HUC 10
        • San Lorenzo River - HUC 10
      • See Map 3 for a location of these watersheds.
      • If a HUC 10 watershed is called out, the HUC 8 watershed it is a subset of has also been identified. However only the specified HUC 10s are eligible watersheds within that HUC 8.
      • CDFW’s final determination of a specific project being in anadromous waters within forest land may not be based solely on this map.
    • Project Type Criteria: The proposed project must be one of the following types;
      • FP Fish Passage at Stream Crossings
      • HB Instream Barrier Modification for Fish Passage
      • HI Instream Habitat Restoration
      • HR Riparian Restoration
      • HS Instream Bank Stabilization
      • HU Watershed Restoration (Upslope)
    • Objective Criteria for Forest Land Restoration:
      • Proposals for FLAR funds submitted through this PSN are required to document how the project will address legacy impacts of forest management. 


  • Identifying a task from a State or Federal recovery plan is not required. If projects have equivalent scores and funding is limited, those that address recovery plan tasks are given preference.
    • A list of recovery plans with a link to the documents can be found here.
    • However, this is not a required element for applicants applying under the FLAR Focus.


  • Grant proposals from private individuals or for-profit enterprises will not be accepted. 
  • No project that is a required mitigation or used for mitigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Endangered Species Act (CESA), Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Forest Practices Act (FPA) or Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) will be considered for funding.
  • No project that is under an enforcement action by a regulatory agency will be considered for funding.