Forest Conservation Program

State of California Wildlife Conservation Board


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

Background

The Forest Conservation Program is a new Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) program authorized consistent with the provisions of Proposition 84. The purpose of the program is to award grants that promote ecological integrity and economic stability of California’s diverse native forests through conservation, preservation and restoration of productive managed forestlands, forest reserve areas, redwood forests and other forest types, including the conservation of water resources and natural habitats for native fish, wildlife and plants found on these lands. 

Purpose and Authority

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

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. 
  • 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. 

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Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants include:
    • willing landowner, 
    • local governmental entity, 
    • special district,
    • resource conservation district,
    • joint powers authority
    • nonprofit organization (501(c)(3)
    • state agency
  • To be eligible for funding consideration from the Forest Conservation Program, all proposed projects must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Acquisition of any interest in real property (fee title or conservation easement) must be from a willing seller supported by an appraisal that utilizes private market based assumptions consistent with State and if applicable, Federal appraisal standards.
      • The interest must be held by an eligible entity.
      • Special attention shall be paid to the assumptions of development value of un-entitled raw land.
    • The project must meet the goals of the Forest Conservation Program and comply with the Purpose and Guiding Principles of the Program.
    • The project must protect and/or restore native forests on the property.
    • Restoration efforts must demonstrate a long-term commitment and agreement to manage and protect the ecological integrity of the forest consistent with the goals and Guiding Principles of the program.
      • Landowners will be required to sign a long-term agreement to manage the restoration project for the useful life of the restoration effort.

Preferences:

  • The WCB strongly encourages applicants to develop partnerships that share an interest in the project necessary to leverage technical and management skills, as well as fiscal resources.
  • Additional consideration will be given to projects that can demonstrate an ability to reduce or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.