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Forestry Resources

Important and Useful Forestry Resources

Educational Programs, Resources, and Publications
Technical Assistance
Financial Assistance

Educational Programs, Resources, and Publications

Forest Stewardship Educational Series (25-parts)

This educational series has been developed to provide owners of California forestland with a comprehensive source of information pertinent to the management and enjoyment of their lands.

Part 25 - Adapting Forests to Climate Change

Forest Stewardship Workshop

These workshops are designed to help landowners develop plans to improve and protect their forest lands in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner.

Forestland Steward Newsletter

A quarterly newsletter, The Forestland Steward, has information on a broad range of topics from over 20 years of publication.

California Family Forests 

This website contains information, big ideas and stories from people who share a vision and a passion for their family forest.

Forest Landowners of California

Forest Landowners of California promotes, preserves and protects family forests in California along with the rights and rewards of caring ownership and stewardship of family forests.

UC Forest Research and Outreach

This website contains information, resources, publications, and big ideas about how to steward forest land in California.

Berkeley Forests

Berkeley Forests operates five research forests throughout the state to develop and test appropriate management strategies for forested watersheds that will flourish under different climate change scenarios. 

UC Forestry and Range YouTube channel

Video recordings of workshops and educational content hosted by UCCE.

Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT)

The Forestry Institute for Teachers is a professional development program that provides cross-curriculum (Math, Language, Arts, Science, History, etc.) training that emphasizes and models Next Generation Science Standards, STEAM and Common Core while examining current forestry issues.

Humboldt FIT

A Glossary of Forestry Terminology

Valachovic et al. - 2022 - Planning and Permitting Forest Fuel-Reduction Projects on Private Lands in CA

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Proceeding of the Redwood Region Forest Science Symposium


(Circa 1940)  A 10min video and very worth watching.

Logging Railroads of Humboldt and Mendocino Counties

Katy Tajha, 2013. Arcadia Publishing. Note that this link takes you to a preview of the book.


Technical Assistance

Registered Professional Foresters (RPF)

RPFs are individuals who are licensed to practice the profession of forestry, and whose activities have an impact upon the ecology of forested landscapes and the quality of the forest environment, within the State of California.

Tips for selecting an RPF

Resource Conservation Districts (RCD)

The RCD network includes 95 special districts serving rural, urban, and suburban communities across the state. See where we work and how to connect with your local RCD. The 95 districts are grouped into ten regions. Click your region on the map below to find your local district.

Mendocino Resource Conservation District (RCD)

The mission of the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) is to conserve, protect and restore wild and working landscapes to enhance the health of the water, soil and forests in Mendocino County.

Oak Woodland Enhancement Fact Sheet

Lake RCD

Dedicated to the locally-led long term sustainable conservation and stewardship of natural resources and agriculture in Lake County, California.

Sonoma RCD

The Sonoma RCD’s mission is to empower and partner with landowners and the community to address Sonoma County’s most pressing natural resource concerns.

Napa RCD

Napa RCD empowers the community to voluntarily conserve, protect, and restore natural resources in a landscape that supports agriculture, urban areas, and wild lands.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

NRCS works with farmers, ranchers and forest landowners across
the country to help them boost agricultural productivity and protect
our natural resources through conservation.

Forestry Resources

The NRCS provides forest management resources for private landowners.

Soil Web Survey

Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire)

The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California.

Board of Forestry and Fire Protection

The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is responsible for developing the general forest policy of the state, determining the guidance policies of the Department, and representing the state's interest in federal forestland in California.

Forest Practice

The Forest Practice Act was enacted in 1973 to ensure that logging is done in a manner that will preserve and protect our fish, wildlife, forests and streams.

California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP)

The CalVTP defines the vegetation treatment activities and associated environmental protections to reduce the risk of loss of lives and property, reduce fire suppression costs, restore ecosystems, and protect natural resources as well as other assets at risk from wildfire. CAL FIRE still conducts many projects under the Vegetation Management Program (VMP).

Jackson Demonstration State Forest

Jackson is located in the middle of California's coastal redwood region. The area had a long history of industrial logging and since the State's purchase has served as a demonstration forest for redwood silvicultural practices. Jackson is also a popular destination for recreation, including camping, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Timber Harvesting Forms

List of forms required for timber harvesting, Exemptions (14 CCR § 1038), which are designed for specific management goals and objectives (e.g., removal of dead, dying, or diseased trees and removal of conifers encroaching into oak woodlands).

Dead Tree and Fuel Reduction Exemption Permitting Comparison Chart

Financial Resources

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

This NRCS cost-share program provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits

EQIP fact sheet

EQIP Application Steps

California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP)

The purpose of this Cal Fire cost-share program is to encourage private and public investment in, and improved management of, California forest lands and resources.

CFIP Application Steps and Process

Comparison of EQIP and CFIP

North Bay Forest Improvement Program

The cost-share program is intended for forest landownership between 5 and 500 acres and will help reimburse costs associated with common forest improvements like thinning, planting, pruning, site prep, and woody residue follow-up treatments. Quality applications will likely already have a forest management plan prepared by an RPF or NRCS conservationist; however, the program also has funds for management plan preparation in Mendocino and Lake counties within census-designated disadvantaged communities. Project areas funded for work with the CFIP program since 2018, thus utilizing funds from Proposition 68., are ineligible for funding under this program.

Cal Fire Grants

Cal Fire offers several grant opportunities each with its own scope and funding priorities.