Funding Resources

Find Funding To Support Your Work

Local, state and federal programs provide funding assistance for forest stewardship plans and practices. If you’re interested in funding assistance, we recommend you start by contacting your local resource conservation district. The RCD can evaluate your specific needs and connect you to the right program. There are also many free services to help you better understand, plan and implement a stewardship project. See the Landowner Stewardship Directory.

Sonoma & Gold Ridge Resource Conservation Districts

Resource conservation districts work with private citizens, businesses, and local, state, and federal partners to protect and enhance millions of acres of natural and working lands across the State of California. Various programs provide technical and financial support to forest landowners. Reach out to the district forester for assistance developing a forest management plan on your property. Learn more about RCDs

Sonoma RCD, serving north, south and east county
1221 Farmers Lane, Suite F, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 569-1448
Contact the office

Gold Ridge RCD, serving west county
2776 Sullivan Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-5244
Contact the office

CAL FIRE’s Landowners Assistance Programs

CAL FIRE administers several state and federal forestry assistance programs with the goal of reducing wildland fuel loads and improving the health and productivity of private forest lands and expanding and improving management of trees and related vegetation in urban communities across California.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

USDA’s NRCS provides financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against increasing weather volatility.

Contact our local Petaluma Service Center to find out more:

5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 100
Petaluma, CA 94954

Phone: (707) 794-1242 ext. 3

North Bay Forest Improvement Program

The North Bay Forest Improvement Program (NBFIP), developed by Rebuild NorthBay Foundation (RNBF) in partnership with the Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) of Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma County, and Clear Lake Environmental Research Center (CLERC), is a cutting-edge cost share program, providing public funds to support private investment in forest stewardship activities. Funding will support reducing vegetative fuel loads, insect infestation, and disease epidemics on forested private properties in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma County.

Learn more at the program website

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