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Foresters

Resources and key information for foresters

In California, as across much of the West, increasing the pace and scale of forest restoration faces two key challenges.

  1. Most byproducts resulting from treatments are non-merchantable.
  2. Where markets exist for that material, the economic haul distance is short, greatly restricting the land base where projects are affordable to the landowner.

The My Sierra Woods program in northern California seeks to address these barriers by launching the Forest Biomass Transportation Incentive (FBTI) – a financial incentive that will reimburse private landowners for a portion of their out-of-pocket expense in conducting needed fuels reduction work.

Through the FBTI, My Sierra Woods hopes to increase the scope and scale of cross-jurisdictional forest restoration projects that are economically feasible to private landowners, and in so doing reduce the likelihood of unnaturally large and severe wildfires to protect critical water supplies and carbon storage.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

In order to qualify for FBTI, forest restoration / risk reduction projects must:
  • be in Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Plumas, Butte, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, or Placer counties,
  • source high hazard material,
  • demonstrate CEQA compliance, and
  • be overseen by a Registered Professional Forester.

All projects must demonstrate CEQA compliance and be overseen by a Registered Professional Forester.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

In order to qualify for FBTI eligibility, projects must be:

  • in Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Plumas, Butte, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, or Placer counties.
  • in designated Tier 1 or Tier 2 High Hazard Zones.
  • within a 31-100 mile distance to nearby BioRAM facility.

All projects must demonstrate CEQA compliance and be overseen by a Registered Professional Forester.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for the FBTI program, first download and carefully review the FBTI Instructions.
This form will cover program eligibility, detailed application instructions, step-by-step program overview, and an outline of FBTI deliverables necessary for accepted projects.

Additional forms to be used in the FBTI program process include: (click any of the images below to view/download)

NOTE: My Sierra Woods will begin accepting FBTI Applications starting January 2019.
To learn more about the FBTI program, funding and steering committee, click here.

QUESTIONS?

Unsure if your project is eligible for the FBTI or simply interested in learning more about the program?

“My Sierra Woods – Capturing Carbon on California’s Family Forest Lands” project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities.

The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low income communities, and low-income households across California.

For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov

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