CA Healthy Forests Reserve Program Grants

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of California

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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NRCS conservationists provide technical expertise and conservation planning for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners wanting to make conservation improvements to their land.

Healthy Forests Reserve Program

The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) is offered to provide financial and technical assistance to eligible participants who want to voluntarily protect, restore, or enhance threatened and endangered species habitat on forest properties they own or manage. California's HFRP focuses on habitat restoration and enhancement projects that have the potential to benefit listed anadromous fish and other at-risk wildlife.


HFRP provides landowners with 10-year restoration agreements and 30-year or permanent easements for specific conservation actions. For acreage owned by an Indian tribe, there is an additional enrollment option of a 30-year contract. Some landowners may avoid regulatory restrictions under the Endangered Species Act by restoring or improving habitat on their land for a specified period of time.

Program Ranking and Evaluation

The California HFRP provides cost-share funds for specific conservation practices that restore or enhance threatened and endangered fish and wildlife habitat. Applications will be screened and ranked statewide in a single pool using factors that address program objectives and environmental benefits toward improving habitat for listed and at-risk species. The approved practice list for this initiative is available for viewing below.

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


  • HFRP applicants must provide proof of ownership, or an operator (tenant) must provide written concurrence from the landowner of tenancy for the period of the HFRP restoration agreement in order to be eligible.
  • Land enrolled in HFRP easements must be privately owned or owned by Indian tribes and restore, enhance or measurably increase the recovery of threatened or endangered species, improve biological diversity or increase carbon storage. 


  • Applications that provide the greatest environmental benefit will be ranked highest and awarded funding through a local evaluation process.