The California Conservation Corps’ Forestry Corps began operation in July 2019. The Forestry Corps uses specially trained crews of Corpsmembers to remove overgrown and dead vegetation posing a fire risk.
The Forestry Corps was created by Assembly Bill 2126 (2018) to develop and implement forest health projects in state responsibility areas or high hazard fire zones.
Forestry Corpsmembers reduce the risk of wildfire by removing hazardous fire fuels, plant trees and seedlings, collect cones and seeds, fell hazard and dying trees, receive arborist training and certifications.
The Forestry Corps also connects Corpsmembers to degree programs and jobs, by teaching participants how to operate forestry related equipment and helping Corpsmembers earn forestry technician degrees and certificates.
The Forestry Corps partners with CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, county agencies, fire safe councils, and others on project work. The Forestry Corps is funded at $5 million dollars for FY 2021-22. The CCC received $15 million to expand the program over the next five years.
The Forestry Corps has expanded to nine CCC centers. New Forestry Corps crews will be starting soon at the CCC Fresno, Los Padres, and San Diego Centers in 2023.