Forest Health

Male Corpsmember in safety equipment uses chain saw to cut down branches in forest.

Corpsmember Jaime Granados limbs trees during chainsaw training field exercises.

The California Conservation Corps is committed to improving the state’s forests, reducing fuel for wildfires, and removing down dead and dying hazard trees. The CCC operates three programs dedicated to forest health and resiliency.

The CCC Forestry Corps was established in 2019 and is committed to help reduce overgrown and dying trees which can fuel large wildfires, as well as tree planting and tree felling.

The Save Our Sierra program is dedicated to hazard tree removal in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where millions of trees are dead and dying from drought and bark beetle infestation.

Tent Camps focus on removing overgrown and dead vegetation to reduce wildfire risk and build fire breaks to slow and stop the spread of devastating wildfires.

TRAINING

• Corpsmembers receive hands-on training in fuel management and fire fuel reduction

• Crews learn about forest resiliency, tree planting, tree felling, flora and fauna identification, and more!

• Earn certifications, including chainsaw training, Feller 3, arborist training, and more!

REQUIREMENTS

• Must be willing to respond to emergencies and be on-assignment for lengthy periods of time

• Corpsmembers often camp near worksites in remote forest areas to better access project locations, up to eight days straight

• Must meet physical fitness standards to earn wildland firefighting certifications (only available in Forestry Corps)

BENEFITS

• Help protect California’s forests and fire prone communities

• Improve visitor experiences in national, state, and local parks

• Corpsmembers can be hired by private forestry companies, local cities and counties, CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service and more!

Image. Male Corpsmember in protective equipment uses chainsaw to cut downed tree for escape route, another male off in distance watching
Image. Young conifer in foreground of image, with female Corpsmember using McLeod in background clearing brush.
Image. Corpsmembers and supervisor push large tree trunk out of road after felling the tree.

Forest Health Project Locations

The CCC conducts Forest Health projects throughout the State of California. Highlighted are locations where crews have recently worked or are scheduled to work.

California Map highlighting center work location projects. Legend reads: blue star Sacramento; orange helmet Tent Camp, Yosemite; green helmet Forestry Corps Inland Empire; pink helmet Save our Sierra Los padres; maroon helmet Save Our Sierra Tahoe. Tent Camp locations on map read: Rim Fire Restoration in Mariposa County; Forestry Corps Inland Empire locations read: Lytle Creek, Wrightwood, Keller Peak and Mt. San Jacinto State Park; Save Our Sierra Los Padres locations read: Stanislaus National Forest, Auberry, Shaver Lake, Kings Canyon National Park, Pinehurst, Sequioa National Forest, Alta Sierra, Wind Wolves Preserve, Pine Mountain; Save Our Sierra Tahoe locations read: South Lake Tahoe and Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Watch Corpsmembers conduct Forest Health work in Kings Canyon National Park!