Forestry Corps

Aerial image of four Corpsmembers removing brush from field after cutting it.

A group of four Inland Empire Corpsmembers work together to remove invasive tamarisk plants along a creek bed in Corona, CA. The Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District hired the CCC Forestry Corps to help reduce the risk of wildfire in the area.

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 is made up of six CCC crews based at the Chico, Inland Empire, Pomona, Solano, and Tahoe Centers. Two crews are assigned to the Tahoe Center and its future satellite location in Greenwood. 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.

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