Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Forest Health

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A Corpsmember from the Shasta Cascade Center uses a chainsaw to cut downed trees into manageable pieces for removal during a fuel load reduction project.

The California Conservation Corps receives a $2.5 million allocation annually to complete forest health projects as part of the California Climate Investments (CCI) initiative.

Project planners seeking to utilize the CCC can contact their nearest CCC center or email the CCC for more information on how to partner with the Corps.

In 2017, the Legislature appointed the CCC as the Job Training and Workforce Development program within the CCI initiative. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) monies were appropriated to the CCC to provide formal and on-the-job training and work experience to complete projects that aid in reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Examples of projects that incorporate formal and on-the-job training and support GHG reduction include, but are not limited to:

  • Fuel Load Reduction: removing dead and dying trees, brush and vegetation to reduce wildfire intensity and rate of spread
  • Reforestation and Restoration: planting seedlings on deforested land; burned area recovery
  • Wetland/Riparian Restoration: restoring or enhancing of waterways, mountain meadows and upland habitat
  • Urban & Community Forestry: increasing the urban tree canopy
  • Urban Greening: expanding or enhancing of neighborhood parks and community gardens; building non-motorized urban trails

Corpsmembers will be educated about GHGs, the importance of reducing them, GGRF and how some CCC projects reduce GHGs.

Click here for more information about CCI projects and how Cap-and-Trade funds are used.

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund also appropriates money to operate the CCC Energy Corps. To learn more about GGRF Energy Projects visit the Energy Corps webpage.

Work Examples

In Fresno County, the California Conservation Corps’ Fresno Center spent 4,480 hours near the town of Auberry. Crews removed live and dead vegetation, brush, trees up to eight inches in diameter, and ladder fuels up to eight feet high. More than 1,400 cubic yards of debris was assembled into slash piles for burning by CAL FIRE. Corpsmembers created a 200-foot-wide fuel break along Acorn and Sugarloaf Roads near the rim of the San Joaquin River Canyon.

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Crews from the Monterey Bay Center completed a GGRF project in November 2018 to reduce fire fuel hazards in DeLaveaga Park. This area is the highest fire hazard severity zone in Santa Cruz County. An elementary school is located less than a mile away and dense trees and brush line the backyards of homes in this wildland-urban interface.

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