FINAL SEASON: Financial Assistance + Seedlings for California Private Landowners

Attention RPFs and LTOs: Do you have any pending fuels reduction or reforestation projects on private lands? If yes, please read through this update about two time sensitive My Sierra Woods financial assistance opportunities.

By: Chantz Joyce, CA Conservation Manager, American Forest Foundation

Through local partnership, My Sierra Woods seeks to reduce the likelihood of unnaturally large and severe wildfires in California by increasing the pace and scale of forest restoration on private lands. We do this by connecting landowners to dedicated technical and financial support.

We know that for many private forest landowners in California, the high cost of fuels reduction treatments keeps them from taking restoration action on their land. So, in 2019 our team launched the Forest Biomass Transportation Incentive (FBTI) – a financial assistance offer that reimburses landowners for a portion of their out-of-pocket expenses in conducting fuels reduction treatments. With support from a CAL FIRE CCI Forest Health grant, we provide FBTI reimbursements based on bone-dry tons removed and haul distance to the nearest processing facility. FBTI eligibility is restricted to non-industrial private lands projects in Siskiyou, Trinity, Modoc, Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Plumas, Butte, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, and Placer counties.

Next year will be our final year of CCI funding for the FBTI offer. That said, our team at My Sierra Woods plans to award over $1 million to fuels reduction treatment projects during the next operating season. If you have a pending project that which could benefit from FBTI assistance, please connect with us today.

In addition to the FBTI, we also have seedlings available for post-fire reforestation activities. Our current seedlings are for Butte County, and will be ready to plant in spring 2021. If you have a project in Butte County in need of trees, give us a call asap.  

To connect with the My Sierra Woods team, please call/email:

Chantz Joyce, RPF #2753

(530) 524-9563

cjoyce@forestfoundation.org.

My Sierra Woods is a partnership between local organizations and the American Forest Foundation, pooling resources together to help California landowners thrive. Our goal is to increase land resiliency to fires and improve water quality across the state.

For more information about the partnership, visit: mysierrawoods.org