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YFN: March/April Newsletter

Share with Your People

Land Acknowledgement

SYRCL works throughout the Yuba River watershed on the Ancestral and Traditional homelands of the Nisenan Tribe, and includes shared boundaries with the Mountain Maidu, Konkow, and Washoe peoples. These tribes have lived here for millennia and live here still. We acknowledge and mourn the painful history of genocide and the devastation of lands and waters irreversibly altered.  We are grateful for opportunities to partner with the tribes to create a shared vision and rebalance our relationship to this place. 

Upcoming Events

Understanding Fuels/Fire Behavior to Build a Prescription: The weather prescription is at the core of prescribed fire application. Weather is also the hardest factor to control! Placer PBA is hosting this training to help community members better understand weather prescriptions and to introduce available tools and resources to PREDICT when a good weather window may be opening. Improving our ability to predict a prescribed burning weather window will help us all prepare our units in time, apply and obtain necessary permits, meet due diligence standards and intelligently manage risk, and ultimately lead to a more fire-resilient community. The course will use prescription information to help landowners begin building a burn plan. This will be a great course to help prepare landowners planning for spring burns for invasive species management or those interested in preparing a burn plan for an early fall burn.

This course is hands-on and will require participants to bring a laptop, tablet, or cell phone to look up resources during the course. Minor preparatory work may be required. The course will be taught by Placer RCD’s Cordi Craig, Prescribed Fire Program Manager, and Chris Paulus, Forestry Technical Advisor.

This course will be offered twice in two separate formats: 1) as two 2.5 hour weekday evening courses, OR 2) as a 5-hour Saturday morning course. Please register for whichever course setup fits your schedule best. Do not register for both.

OPTION 1: Thursday, March 14th AND Thursday, March 21st at 11434 B Ave, Auburn, CA in the Jeff Brown Room #3 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM both days. 


OPTION 2: Saturday, March 23 in Auburn (exact location TBD) from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM REGISTER FOR OPTION 2 HERE

Chainsaw Basics: On Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in Colfax Placer RCD will host a Chainsaw basics course. This is an introductory, field-based course meant to support community members who are interested in safely using and maintaining a chainsaw. Beginners welcome. The goal of this course is to encourage ALL community members to participate in managing fuels on their lands. Historically, people who identify as women, non-binary, trans, femme, or Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) have constituted a relatively small portion of the fire/fuels workforce or community-led prescribed fire training opportunities. This is not a felling course and no certifications will be distributed. This is strictly to learn how to safely buck and limb and better understand how much fuels work can be completed with a small saw and some sweat!

Participants are REQUIRED to bring their own equipment and PPE including the below list. Participants who do not bring the appropriate PPE will not be permitted to participate. Fuel and bar oil will be provided. If you have questions about any of the below materials, feel free to reach out to Cordi Craig at cordi@placerrcd.org.The course will be taught by two experienced sawyers (Class C Advanced Faller; more than 7 years’ experience as a climbing arborist). The course is limited to 15 participants. REGISTRATION: To register, please email Cordi Craig at cordi@placerrcd.org with Subject Line: “Chainsaw Basics.”

Forest Business Alliance

The Forest Business Alliance provides technical assistance, workshops, and a peer-learning network to increase local and regional capacity for forest-sector organizations and businesses. Their technical assistance offerings focus on applicants to CAL FIRE’s Business and Workforce Development Program and Tribal Wildfire Resilience Program, USFS’s Wood Innovations Grant, and other grant programs. For more information, please visit https://www.forestbusinessalliance.org/

  • View our recent workshop recordings for the upcoming CAL FIRE Business and Workforce Development grant round due 3/7/24 here. Workshop recordings from 2023 are on the same page (scroll down).
  • Sign up for the Peer Learning Network listserv and upcoming meetings here. Recordings of past meetings can be accessed on the same page.
  • Access templates for applying to the CAL FIRE and USFS WIG programs can also be accessed on the same site. We ask that folks please email forestbusinessalliance@gmail.com to request the password to access the templates.

Solicit technical assistance in developing/reviewing an application from the Forest Business Alliance. Please email forestbusinessalliance@gmail.com. They are also available (free of charge) for other services.

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) Summit connects California policymakers to Sierra-Cascade issues that resonate across the state. The Summit will be on March 8th, 2024 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the California Natural Resources Building at 715 P Street, Sacramento. The Summit will be broadcasted live. 

This year’s Summit marks the 20th Anniversary of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) and will showcase the many accomplishments, people, projects, collaborations, and events that have shaped the SNC and the Sierra-Cascade over the past two decades.


the Nevada County RCD will be hosting several workshops over the next few months. All are welcome, and all of the workshops are FREE! Below is information and a link to sign up. Feel free to email Joaquin with any questions: joaquin.pastrana@ncrcd.org


March 9 and April 13 –  Rx 101

  • Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • An introduction to prescribed fire for residents and private landowners. Learn about what prescribed burning is and the role of fire historically vs now in shaping our forest and landscape vegetation and wildland fire. Gain knowledge of the use of prescribed fire as a tool to benefit fire safety, native plants and animal habitat, and forest health. Learn about the basics of planning and conducting a prescribed burn safely and responsibly, including writing a basic burn plan, permitting and smoke management. Hands-on activities to write burn objectives for your property, deciding what pre-burn preparations need to be done, and identification of native plant adaptations to fire. This workshop is paired with opportunities to participate in demonstration burns as weather and burning conditions allow.

March 16 – Prepare to Burn 

  • Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 
  • Learn about the steps to prepare for a prescribed burn including planning, preparing the site, and the permitting process Topics include locating a burn site, building control lines, what tools to use and when, and how to prepare a site for safe burning using techniques like selective pruning and ladder fuel removal. CALFIRE will be there to discuss permitting requirements

April 17 – Tools of the Trade

  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • An introduction to various tools, safe use, and their maintenance. Includes hand tools, water equipment, ignition tools, and communication equipment commonly found on prescribed burn and the best uses for each tool. Safety training on the use, transportation, storage, and maintenance of hand tools. Walkthroughs of how to use, assemble and disassemble ignition and water equipment. Demonstrations on how to sharpen and clean hand tools.

April 20 and 27 – Conduct a Burn 

  • Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 
  • Visit a prepped burn unit or an actual prescribed burn in progress to learn what to do before, during, and after a burn.  Before: setting up water, getting the help you need, gathering permits, setting up logistics for volunteers and notifying neighbors. During: giving a briefing, test burn, the different roles people play on a prescribed burn, smoke management, and the firing process. We will also discuss the steps taken after a prescribed burn is complete including mop-up, monitoring, evaluation, and maintenance.

To register, please visit Nevada County RCD’s website calendar: https://www.ncrcd.org/events-calendar



The Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI) is seeking your valuable input through a brief online capacity survey. The survey aims to understand the needs and interests of organizations and Tribes involved in fire resilience and forest management within the TCSI landscape.

Your response may help bring necessary funding to the region and help TCSI develop processes to share resources, capacity, and expertise that increase the pace and scale of forest restoration and wildfire resilience work. The survey takes less than 15 minutes and closes on March 16th, 2024 at 11:59 PM. Take the survey here. If you have any questions email Amanda Milici at amilici@thegreatbasininstitute.org

Bear Yuba Land Trust Staff & Board will be gathering at Gold Vibe Kombuchary to meet and greet volunteers, members, partners, and all those curious and interested folks, for their annual Community Rendezvous and Open House, on Thursday, March 14 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

BYLT will be highlighting exciting projects for 2024, the many opportunities for you to get involved, and staffed information tables to answer all of your pressing questions, such as “What the heck is a land trust?” to “Where should I go hike this weekend?”, and everything in between. The Rendezvous will begin with an open house format, from 5pm-5:30pm, with opportunities to speak with staff about our current and upcoming projects, trail recommendations, volunteer opportunities, and membership, followed by a presentation and a bit of fun-fact Land Trust trivia. Join us for mingling, maps, membership promotions, and prizes!

This is a FREE, family-friendly event, open to everyone. Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar, and Thai Chic Street Food will be on the premises selling food. RSVP: This is a FREE event, though we ask that people RSVP at the button below.

On Saturday, March 16th at 6:00 pm The ‘Uba Seo: Nisenan Arts and Culture will have the Opening Art Reception for “The Story of Land Water People” at 225 Broad St, Nevada City. Follow the link below for more information 

The Story of Land, Water, and People will build on the foundation of CHIRP’s Visibility Through Art (VTA) initiative. This project coordinates collaborations among artists and Tribal Culture bearers to increase public awareness and engage the public related to social justice, through the lens of environment-related issues including, land, water, and people.  Save the DATE – The Story of Land, Water, and People, Art Reception | Facebook

Forest GIS: University of California Cooperative Extension will be hosting two Forestry Applications of GIS trainings in early 2024.  These 1.5-day workshops will offer guided training for participants on data management, cartography, AGOL, and participant-driven topics. One will be at the Rocklin Sierra College Campus on March 19 – 20, 2024.  Register Here

Bear Yuba Land Trust is hosting the second Project on the Preserve (POP) day of 2024 on Saturday, March 23, from  9:00 am – 1:00 pm. BYLT hosts Project on the Preserve days throughout the year for all you busy folks who can’t get out during the week so you too can help make local lands and trails more beautiful. 

This second POP will take place on BYLT’s Adam Ryan Wildlife Preserve, located in the neighborhood of Alta Sierra, on the corner of Alta Sierra Drive and Dog Bar Road. Join us for a day of invasive species removal, brush-pile burning, Pollinator Garden improvements, and communing with your fellow nature lovers. Oh, and there will be donuts and coffee to keep you caffeinated and energized throughout the day! What better way to give back to your community than getting your hands dirty while beautifying this Preserve for our community.

Register here for the Project on the Preserve Day! 

Save the date for 30×30 Advocacy Day! April 9 – 10, 2024. Please fill out this form if you’re interested in participating.

UCANR has two upcoming California Forest Stewardship Workshops: Join the workshop to better understand and protect your forests by developing a Forest Management Plan. Topics include: Forest management objectives and planning, Forest health, Forest and fire ecology, wildlife, watersheds, Fuels reduction, targeted grazing, and forest resource marketing, Mapping, inventory and silviculture, Project development & permitting, and Getting professional help and cost-share opportunities. Participants will utilize online resources on their own time to complete learning modules and short activities. Zoom meetings with all participants and presenters will take place once a week on Wednesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm. The in-person field day will cover silviculture, forest inventory and mapping activities. Participants who complete the workshop will be eligible for a free site visit with a California Registered Professional Forester, California Certified Burn Boss, or California Certified Range Manager. All forest landowners across California are welcome to join!

Registration is available at: http://ucanr.edu/forestryworskhopregistration 

Registration fee is $60.00. Scholarship funding for registration fee is available. For questions, contact Kim Ingram, kcingram@ucanr.edu.

Fresno County: held online March 20, 2024 – May 15, 2024 and in-person Saturday, April 6th in Fresno County  Eldorado County: held online May 14 –  July 16, 2024 and in-person Saturday, June 8th. 

39th Annual California Trails & Greenways April 30-May 3, 2024. Everline Resort & Spa, Olympic Valley, Lake Tahoe. Registration is open now! Early bird rates are available through March 15. 

View the summary of the event, registration options and rates, the current event schedule, and workshops that will be offered.

The mission of the California Trails Conference Foundation is to inspire recreational trail leadership through the annual California Trails & Greenways training event. To achieve this mission, the Foundation, in collaboration with California State Parks, will create venues that will enable trail professionals and advocates to:

  • Learn from a broad range of high quality, up-to-date educational sessions, workshops, presentations and other teaching venues.
  • Network for the purpose of learning from the experiences of others, seeking or giving advice, building support for trail endeavors, and finding partnership opportunities.

2024 FireWise Festival Fundraiser: Nevada County Firewise Communities is encouraging all of their Firewise Communities to participate in the Firewise Festival on Saturday, June 1. $40 discount tickets are on sale now through March 31. Your ticket includes: Admission into Lake Wildwood, Bill’s Chuckwagon BBQ Dinner and two drink tickets, Live Music, Vendor and Educational booths, First Responder Services Displays (CalFIRE, Nevada Co Consolidated Fire, Nevada Co Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue, Animal Evacuation), Live and Silent Auctions and An opportunity to meet with your neighbors and others who strive to maintain our safe and beautiful mountain lifestyle. Please purchase your  Firewise Festival Tickets here.

CA State-Certified Prescribed Burn Boss (CARX) Training

The Cal Poly and Sure Fire Training will be providing a 40-hour classroom-based course in Concord, CA from June 10 – June 14 to develop the skills required for planning and managing prescribed fire on state or private lands. The deadline to apply is March 25. Visit the Sure-Fire Training Inc. website and complete the CARX Course Registration Information form to apply. 

This course is intended for experienced prescribed or cultural fire practitioners who wish to be recognized by the state for their knowledge and expertise. Could include retired fire professionals, landowners and community members, NGO staff, private contractors, tribal members and cultural burners, state and local agency staff, and others. Students will receive a State Fire Training certificate upon successful completion of course. For additional information regarding State Certified Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss Certification, Course Plan and Equivalency Information click here. For PACE VI Application and prerequisite equivalency information click here. To apply, please visit the Sure-Fire Training Inc. website linked here with further instructions on registration or contact Woody Bouska at surefiretraining@yahoo.com.

General News and Press Releases

The 2024 Forest Legacy Grant Solicitation will open soon.

Within the next few weeks, CAL FIRE’s Forest Legacy Program will release up to $10 million in funding for Forest Legacy Grants to conserve and protect environmentally important privately-owned forestland. The purpose of the Forest Legacy Program is to protect environmentally important forestland threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. The primary tool CAL FIRE uses to conserve forest lands in perpetuity is permanent Working Forest Conservation Easements (WFCEs). 

Under this competitive grant program, CAL FIRE purchases or accepts donations of conservation easements or fee titles of productive forest lands from willing sellers, to encourage long-term conservation throughout the state.

The 2024 Forest Legacy Grant Solicitation will launch in two parts, including a pre-application, which will be ranked and scored, with successful pre-applicants invited to complete a full application.

When the funding is released, the Forest Legacy Program web page will be updated to include the grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, and deadlines. Please direct any questions to forestlegacy@fire.ca.gov.

Firewise Communities in Nevada County Encouraged to Apply for Second Round of Micro-Grants

Biden-Harris Administration announces nearly $11M in grants for wildfire smoke preparedness in community buildings

Bear Yuba Land Trust’s (BYLT’s) Connecting with Nature program focuses on creating opportunities for our community and beyond to connect with nature through engagement with BYLT held lands and trails. BYLT offers many opportunities for recreation, education, and participation, including placed-based learning, community partnerships, and volunteer work. Connecting with Nature is for everyone! We welcome schools, teachers, youth-centered organizations, non-profits, professional organizations, volunteer groups, and individuals looking for service work. Connecting with Nature programming can be customized to meet the needs and desired outcomes of a particular organization or group, with self-guided options along with BYLT led activities.  

Fundraiser by CA Heritage Indigenous Research Project : Homeland Return for Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan (gofundme.com) 

Recurring Meetings and Events

Sierra Nevada 30×30 Meeting: Contact Lis Olearts at liesbet@sierranevadaalliance.org for more information. Meetings occur monthly on the second Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, with the next meeting on March 13 on Zoom

Forest Business Alliance: The FBA provides technical assistance, workshops, and a peer-learning network to increase local and regional capacity for applicants to CAL FIRE’s Business and Workforce Development Program. Peer Learning Network sessions on Zoom at noon. 2024 sessions: March 19, April 16, May 21. 

Forests Lab: A monthly meet up on recent literature on forest health, the next one is scheduled for 6:00 pm on March 27, location TBA. Email Erin Andrew at erin@sierrastreamsinstitute.org for more information. 

CA Wildfire & Forest Resilience Task Force: Southern CA Regional: April 4-5.  Sacramento: June 20, 1:00-4:00pm, Sierra Regional: September 26-27. Sacramento: December 13, 9:30-12:00 pm.

Yuba Forest Network Quarterly Meeting: Email Anne Marie Holt at annemarie@yubariver.org for more details.. The next Quarterly Meeting will be on May 3 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Nevada County Coalition of Firewise Communities Meeting: Contact Jeff Peach at jeff@nccoalitionfwc.com for more information. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday in February, May, August, and November at at 5:30 pm. 

Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council Meeting: The next council meeting will be held on March 13 at 9:30 am, and the next meeting will be on May 8. Meetings are held via Zoom and In-Person at the Alcouffe Center. Contact Sandie Huckins for more information at programs@yubafiresafe.org


Join the Rocky Mountain Research Station for the Spring 2024 Science You Can Use webinar series featuring seven land-manager focused webinars. These one-hour sessions will begin with concise presentations followed by a question and answers segment. Webinars will be hosted on Zoom. Continuing credits for the Society of American Foresters and The Wildlife Society will be available.

March 6: Biochar production, benefits, and barriers in forested lands

March 13: Prescribed fire and wilderness: Barriers and opportunities in a time of change

March 20: The effects of timber harvest on grizzly bear habitat use and diet March 27: TreeMap is a tree-level model of U.S. forests. New data delivery and visualization makes it easier to use. 

CNPS: Naturehood: Surviving Storms: Tips for Native Trees. On Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 PM We have a timely Naturehood for March. Joshua Gevertz, the arboretum director at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Arboretum and Botanical Garden in San Francisco will talk us through ways to help your native trees survive storms. Good for the tree, good for the house and car too. All registrants will also get an email of links to Joshua’s resources when we send out the recording after the webinar.   California Native Plant Society (convio.net)

Collaboration in a Forest Health Grant: Insights from the Los Gatos Creek Watershed Collaborative: This CalPoly webinar: Collaboration in a Forest Health Grant will take place March 14 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. It will be an opportunity to learn about the Los Gatos Creek Watershed Collaborative from representatives at Santa Clara County FireSafe Council, Auten Resource Consulting, County of Santa Clara Parks, Ascent Environmental, CAL FIRE, and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Participants will increase their knowledge of how to create successful partnerships and collaborations on forest-health projects with insights and experiences from the Los Gatos Creek Watershed Collaborative.

Northern Research Station presents ‘There’s an App(lication) for That,’ a six-part series showcasing station-developed decision support tools. 

March 18: LANDIS-II: PnET Succession, Assisted Migration, and National Forest Planning

March 26: STEW-MAP: Stewardship and Recreation

March 28: EVALIDator: Accessing and Analyzing Forest Inventory Data

April 2: Urban Forest Patch Viewer: Conserving Forests in Cities

April 4: LANDIS-II Density Succession: Management-Driven Model Design and Application APril 11: Alien Forest Pest Explorer: Forest Health Applications

March 25-29, 2024: SCIENCEx Human Dimensions: Join Forest Service Research and Development for SCIENCEx Human Dimensions week, where our scientists will discuss how we unite with land managers and the public to manage and improve how we interact with and care for nature.

CFLRP Peer Learning Session: Landscape Prioritization: On Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 9:30-11:00 am PST NFF is hosting a workshop on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. Learning Session Objectives : Increase understanding of available landscape prioritization and planning tools and approaches for completing work in large landscapes, Hear from practitioners across Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) and Wildfire Crisis Strategy landscapes about their experiences using some of these tools and approaches including best practices and lessons learned and Bring together communities of practice from CFLRP Projects, Wildfire Crisis Strategy Landscapes, and other cross-boundary practitioners.

CAL VTP in Practice: Navigating the Consultation Process with the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife: In this CalPoly Cal VTP in Practice webinar, CDFW will share lessons learned from the past four years of CalVTP implementation to improve communication and collaboration with project proponents and lead agencies. The webinar will be held April 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Navigating the Permitting and Regulatory Environment of Beaver-Related Projects: A Panel Discussion: On March 13 from 12– 1:30 PST the National Association of Wetland Managers (NAWM) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be hosting a beaver-related restoration webinar. This is one out of a series of webinars introducing the topic of restoration of aquatic ecosystems through the reintroduction of beavers, the use of beaver dam analogues (BDAs) or restoration designed to attract beavers to an area.   More webinars on wetland-related topics can be found at NAWM webinars.

Fuels Treatment Effectiveness: Science to Support the Wildfire Crisis Strategy: OnTuesday, March 19 from 9:00 am- 10:30 am PST. Join the Rocky Mountain Research station for a live virtual session with a panel of researchers and fuels managers about fuel treatments and what we know about the effectiveness of treatments. This facilitated panel discussion will be guided by your questions. Register.

Whitebark Pine 101: Fire ecology and management of whitebark pine ecosystem: On Tuesday, March 26 at 9:00 am- 11:00 am PST. This webinar explores the role of wildland fire in whitebark pine ecosystems and the possibility of using fire to restore declining forests. Fire regimes are first discussed, both in the past and what is projected for the future. Then the characteristics of whitebark pine that allow it to survive fires will be detailed. We will then discuss the use of prescribed burning for restoration of whitebark pine ecosystems, along with management strategies for wildfires. Register.

Sifting through selective science and misinformation for collaborative forest management: On Wednesday, April 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PST. Join us for an upcoming land manager-focused panel webinar virtual session about selective science use, impacts to land management, and methods for reducing misinformation in collaborative forest management. Hear from subject-matter experts who have effectively addressed and navigated the challenges of misinformation. Register

Research – Best Practices – Methodology: Nature benefits when practitioners have access to science and experience-based information that supports land stewardship. New Content to be publicly available every Friday at 11 am ET. Visit the NAA Programs & Events Calendar to learn more.


The CA Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant Program: provides financial assistance to agencies and organizations that develop, maintain, operate, expand, support, or contribute to well-managed, high-quality OHV recreation areas, roads, and trails. Pre-proposals due March 4. 

The CAL FIRE Business and Workforce Development Grant – 2024 Q1: supports the creation of a robust and diversified wood-products industry to facilitate the economic and sustainable management of California’s forests. Due March 8. 

The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Wildlife Program: supports functioning wildlife habitats, restoration projects, and the inventory and monitoring of priority habitats and species on public lands. Due March 8. 

The US BLM Plant Conservation and Restoration Management Grant Program: funds projects that address the National Seed Strategy to increase the availability and procurement of locally adapted native seeds. Due March 11. 

BLM Plant Conservation and Restoration Management: To assist with implementation of ecosystem conservation and restoration activities. Due: March 11.

The US BLM Rangeland Resource Management Grant Program: funds ecosystem conservation and restoration projects on BLM-managed land, which are national or regional in scope. Due March 11. 

The CA Fire Safe Council State Fire Capacity Grants: support hazardous fuels reduction, community wildfire prevention planning, and education and mitigation activities. Due March 15. 

2024 Adventure Pass Program: Parks California, in partnership with California State Parks, is excited to announce the second round of the Adventure Pass Grants Program. Applications must be submitted by a nonprofit organization proposing programs and activities to connect 4th graders and their families to participating California State Parks. Partnerships are highly encouraged and recommended. Due March 15. 

The US BOR Central Valley Project Habitat & Facility Improvements Program helps protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins of California. Due March 18.

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP) Adaptation Planning Grant Program: provides funding to help fill local, regional, and tribal adaptation planning needs, provides communities the resources to identify climate-resilience priorities, and supports the development of a pipeline of climate-resilient-infrastructure projects across the state. Pre-application interest form due March 18 to receive application technical assistance, otherwise due May 6. 

Department of Conservation’s Climate Smart Land Management Grant Program: Capacity funding to implement projects or develop plans that increase climate action on California’s natural and working lands. Projects must be consistent with the State’s Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart and Pathways to 30×30 strategies. Due March 18, 2024, for tribal applicants.

The US BOR Central Valley Project Habitat: Facility Improvements Programhelps protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins of California. Due March 18.

The Yamaha Motor Corporation Guaranteeing Responsible Access to Our Nation’s Trails (GRANT) Programfunds projects that will promote safe, responsible, and sustainable use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs), educate the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and/or protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands. Due March 31.

America the Beautiful 2024: Intended to streamline grant funding opportunities for new conservation and restoration projects around the U.S., the America the Beautiful Challenge consolidates funding from multiple federal agencies and the private sector to enable applicants to conceive and develop large-scale projects that address shared funder priorities and span public and private lands. Pre-proposals due April 4. 

The National Forest Foundation Innovative Finance for National Forests Grant Program  supports innovative finance models that leverage private and public capital to enhance the resilience of the National Forest System. Due April 22.

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants: U.S. Standard: This grant program supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). Projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. Due July 11. 

USDA WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase I: to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and design watershed management projects. Due September 3, 2024. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Community Change Program supports community-driven projects that build capacity for communities to tackle environmental and climate justice challenges, strengthen their climate resilience, and advance clean energy. Rolling applications until November 2024. 

US FWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program: provides free technical and financial assistance to plan, design, supervise, and monitor customized habitat-restoration projects Rolling applications. 

The CA WCB 30×30 Grant Program: Land Acquisition supports high-priority land acquisition projects associated with the implementation of a natural community conservation plan (NCCP) and/or habitat conservation plan (HCP). Rolling applications. 

The CA Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) Climate Adaptation and Resilience Program  funds projects that provide climate adaptation and resilience on California’s natural and working lands. Rolling applications.

The CDFW Beaver Conflict Resolution Grant Opportunities: Nature Based Solutions: Beaver Restoration Program (rolling) supports the implementation and promotion of human-beaver coexistence strategies through funding for technical assistance and implementation of non-lethal beaver damage deterrence. Rolling applications.

The Headwater Economics Community Planning and Assistance for Wildfires (CPAW) Program provides interdisciplinary teams that collaborate with communities to develop site-specific planning recommendations regarding wildfire risks. Rolling applications.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Sacramento District California In-Lieu Fee Program provides funding for on-the-ground implementation of aquatic-resource restoration, establishment, enhancement, and/or preservation projects in specific Sierra Nevada watersheds. Contact Chris Gurney for the most recent Notice of Funding Availability. Rolling applications.

The USDA Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program provides technical and financial assistance to plan and implement authorized watershed project plans for the purposes of flood prevention, watershed protection, public recreation, etc. Rolling applications. 

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Landowner Support: Supporting Underserved and Small-Acreage Forest Landowner Participation in Emerging Private Markets Grant Program – Track Bsupports the participation of underserved and/or small-acreage landowners in emerging private markets for climate mitigation or forest resilience. Track B is for projects with budgets up to $2 million. Rolling applications.

The Hind Foundation Standard Grants Programsupports community-based projects proposed by nonprofit organizations in several areas, including plant and wildlife protection, historic landmark restoration, and ecosystem conservation. Rolling applications. 

30×30 Funding Resources: link to an excel Google Document for 30×30 related funding opportunities.


“Thinning and Managed Burning Enhance Forest Resilience in Northeastern California”

“Response of pollinator taxa to fire is consistent with historic fire regimes in the Sierra Nevada and mediated through floral richness” 

“Biochar Utilization as a Forestry Climate-Smart Tool”

“An Overview of Mycorrhiza in Pines: Research, Species, and Applications”

“Nonstructural carbohydrates explain post-fire tree mortality and recovery patterns” 

“Practical guide for retaining correlated climate variables and unthinned samples in species distribution modeling, using random forests”

“Twenty-year study confirms California forests are healthier when burned — or thinned”

“Understanding wildfire as a dynamic system: a new comprehensive book on wildland fire behavior” BYLT’s Video on “Prescribed Burning for Wildfire Resiliency” at Rice’s Crossing Preserve 

The Yuba Forest Network is in part funded by the Catalyst Fund of the Network for Landscape Conservation

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