Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program (RFFC)
In 2019, the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) launched the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program (RFFC). This non-competitive block grant program, administered by the California Department of Conservation (DOC), invests in regions throughout the State to support forest resiliency planning, implementation, and capacity building. Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County is the regional grantee serving the San Diego County region.
Through this program, we are working with regional stakeholders to identify, plan and implement projects. This includes: building partner capacity and equitable collaboration, identifying opportunities for joint stewardship projects, providing resources for project planning and supporting the environmental planning process, offering tools for prescribed burning, a targeted effort to reduce Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB), and supporting workforce development opportunities.
Through this program, we are working on various demonstration projects that help to build capacity of our partners to: develop and administer workforce development programs, monitor and treat Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB), plan for long term treatments utilizing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), manamgent plans, Cal VTP and PEIR, and others.
Regional Priority Plan (RPP)
One outcome of this project will be a Regional Priority Plan, which will be used as a tool to use in driving forward regional collaboration, prioritization, and project implementation. Stakeholders thoughout the region are encouraged to submit project plans for implementaiton activities that will advance wildfire and forest resilience project and initiatives.
You can participate to help inform the plan using the online project submission tool.
The RFFC program also works to address elements of the State’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan. The plan was finalized in early 2021, and sets a comprehensive strategy for how the State will increase the pace and scale of forest management and wildfire resiliency. One key element of this plan is the recognition that California’s diverse landscapes and communities require regionally tailored strategies and actions and that State programs must recognize and enable regionally and locally-driven solutions in partnership with groups and leaders from these regions.