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Forest Health

Overview

There are six regional EQIP forestland fund pools in California. The conservation goals and priorities for these fund pools are promote healthy and productive forestlands, reduce soil erosion, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, minimize the impacts to water quality and reduce wildfire risks on non-industrial private forestlands.

The following sections include the applicable land uses, resource concerns, and conservation practices for the regional rangeland fund pools.  A list of servicing offices for each fund pool is provided below.

Land Uses

The descriptions below are the general NRCS land use definitions - applications should fit within, but do not need to exactly match, these descriptions. Below are the applicable land uses for the forestland fund pools.

  • Forest: Land on which the primary vegetation is tree cover (climax, natural or introduced plant community) and use is primarily for production of wood products or non-timber forest products.
  • Range: Land used primarily for the production of grazing animals. Includes native plant communities and those seeded to native or introduced species, or naturalized by introduced species that are ecologically managed using range management principles.
  • Farmstead: Land used for facilities and supporting infrastructure where farming, forestry, animal husbandry, and ranching activities are often initiated. This may include dwellings, equipment storage, plus farm input and output storage and handling facilities.
  • Associated Agricultural Lands: Land associated with farms and ranches that are not purposefully managed for food, forage, or fiber and are typically associated with nearby production or conservation lands. This could include incidental areas, such as odd areas, ditches and watercourses, riparian areas, field edges, seasonal and permanent wetlands, and other similar areas.
  • Grazed: Where grazing animals impact how land is managed.
  • Wildlife: Where the applicant is actively managing for wildlife.

Resource Concerns

The goal of conservation planning is to help each client attain sustainable use and sound management of soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resources, based on related human considerations (SWAPAE+H).  Below is a list of priority resource concerns for the forestland fund pools.

SWAPAE+H
Resource Concern Category
Resource Concern
Soil
 
Concentrated Erosion
Bank erosion from streams, shorelines or water conveyance channels
Classic gully erosion
Soil Quality Limitation
Aggregate instability
Compaction
Concentration of salts or other chemicals
Organic matter depletion
Soil organism habitat loss or degradation
Subsidence
Wind and Water Erosion
Sheet and rill erosion
Wind erosion
Water
Field, Sediment, Nutrient, and Pathogen Loss
Nutrients transported to groundwater
Nutrients transported to surface water
Pathogens and chemicals from manure biosolids, or compost applications transported to groundwater
Pathogens and chemicals from manure biosolids, or compost applications transported to surface water
Sediment transported to surface water
Field Pesticide Loss
Pesticides transported to groundwater
Pesticides transported to surface water
Source Water Depletion
Groundwater depletion
Inefficient irrigation water use
Surface water depletion
Storage and Handling of Pollutants
Nutrients transported to groundwater
Nutrients transported to surface water
Petroleum, heavy metals, and other pollutants transported to groundwater
Petroleum, heavy metals, and other pollutants transported to surface water
Weather Resilience
Drifted snow
Naturally available moisture use
Ponding and flooding
Seasonal high water table
Seeps
Air
Air Quality Emissions
Emissions of airborne reactive nitrogen
Emissions of greenhouse gases - GHGs
Emissions of ozone precursors
Emissions of particulate matter (PM) and PM precursors
Objectionable odor
Plants
Degraded Plant Condition
Plant productivity and health
Plant structure and composition
Pest Pressure
Plant pest pressure
Fire Management
Wildfire hazard from biomass accumulation
Animals
Aquatic Habitat
Aquatic habitat for fish and other organisms
Elevated water temperature
Livestock Production Limitation
Feed and forage balance
Inadequate livestock shelter
Inadequate livestock water quantity, quality, and distribution
Terrestrial Habitat
Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates
Energy
Inefficient Energy Use
Energy efficient equipment and facilities
Energy efficient farming/ranching practices and field operations

Conservation Practices

NRCS conservation practices eligible for financial assistance through regional forestland fund pools are listed in the below table. For more information about NRCS conservation practices visit the following website link: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/technical/?cid=NRCSDEV11_001020.

For certain conservations practices a limit to the amount of financial assistance has been established in certain regions. Practice payment caps are established in consultation with local partners and to allow limited financial assistance support to reach more participants. Please contact your local field office if you have questions. A maximum payment amount per contract or practice is not allowable. Practice payment caps are applicable per agreement item.

Practice Code Practice Name Units Lifespan
314 Brush Management ac 10
315 Herbaceous Weed Treatment ac 5
326 Clearing and Snagging ft 5
327 Conservation Cover ac 5
338 Prescribed Burning ac 1
342 Critical Area Planting ac 10
348 Dam, Diversion no 15
350 Sediment Basin no 20
351 Well Decommissioning no 20
362 Diversion ft 10
367 Roofs and Covers no 10
379 Multistory Cropping ac 10
380 Windbreak-Shelterbelt Establishment ft 15
381 Silvopasture ac 15
382 Fence ft 20
383 Fuel Break ac 10
384 Woody Residue Treatment ac 10
390 Riparian Herbaceous Cover ac 5
391 Riparian Forest Buffer ac 15
393 Filter Strip ac 10
394 Firebreak ft 5
395 Stream Habitat Improvement and Management ac 10
396 Aquatic Organism Passage mi 5
410 Grade Stabilization Structure no 15
412 Grassed Waterway ac 10
420 Wildlife Habitat Planting ac 5
422 Hedgerow Planting ft 15
430 Irrigation Pipeline ft 20
436 Irrigation Reservoir ac-ft 15
441 Irrigation System, Microirrigation ac 15
468 Lined Waterway or Outlet sf 15
472 Access Control ac 10
484 Mulching ac 1
490 Tree/Shrub Site Preparation ac 1
500 Obstruction Removal ac 10
512 Pasture and Hay Planting ac 5
520 Pond Sealing or Lining, Compacted Soil Treatment sf 15
521 Pond Sealing or Lining, Geomembrane or Geosynthetic Clay Liner sf 20
528 Prescribed Grazing ac 1
533 Pumping Plant no 15
548 Grazing Land Mechanical Treatment ac 1
558 Roof Runoff Structure no 15
560 Access Road ft 10
561 Heavy Use Area Protection sf 10
570 Stormwater Runoff Control ac 1
575 Trails and Walkways ft 10
578 Stream Crossing no 10
580 Streambank and Shoreline Protection ft 20
582 Open Channel ft 15
584 Channel Bed Stabilization ft 10
587 Structure for Water Control no 20
601 Vegetative Barrier ft 5
606 Subsurface Drain ft 20
612 Tree/Shrub Establishment ac 15
614 Watering Facility no 20
620 Underground Outlet ft 20
636 Water Harvesting Catchment no 20
638 Water and Sediment Control Basin no 10
643 Restoration of Rare or Declining Natural Communities ac 1
644 Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management ac 1
645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management ac 1
649 Structures for Wildlife no 5
650 Windbreak-Shelterbelt Renovation ft 15
654 Road/Trail/Landing Closure and Treatment ft 10
655 Forest Trails and Landings ac 5
656 Constructed Wetland ac 15
657 Wetland Restoration ac 15
659 Wetland Enhancement ac 15
660 Tree/Shrub Pruning ac 10
666 Forest Stand Improvement ac 10
740 Pond Sealing or Lining, Soil Cement no 20
910 TA Planning no 1
911 TA Design no 1
912 TA Application no 1
913 TA Check-Out no 1

Regional Forestland Fund Pools

Fund Pool
Servicing Offices
 
Fund Pool
Servicing Offices
Central Coast
Capitola LPO
Concord Service Center
Half Moon Bay LPO
Hollister Service Center
Livermore LPO
Napa Service Center
Petaluma Service Center Salinas Service Center
Templeton Service Center
Interior Coast Range and Southern Cascades
Colusa Service Center
Lakeport LPO
McArthur LPO
Oroville Service Center
Quincy LPO
Redding Service Center
Red Bluff Service Center
Susanville Service Center
Weaverville Service Center
Willows Service Center
Woodland Service Center
Yreka Service Center
Yuba City Service Center
Modoc Plateau
Alturas Service Center
McArthur LPO
Susanville Service Center
Tulelake Project Office
North Coast
Del Norte LPO
Eureka Service Center
Ukiah Service Center
Sierra Nevada
Auburn Service Center
Bakersfield Service Center
Fresno Service Center
Grass Valley Service Center
Jackson LPO
Madera Service Center
Mariposa LPO
Merced Service Center
Placerville Service Center
Visalia Service Center
Southern California
Bishop Service Center
Blythe Service Center Escondido Service Center
Imperial Service Center
Indio Service Center
Lancaster Service Center
Oxnard Service Center
Minden Service Center (NV)
Redlands Service Center
San Jacinto LPO
Santa Maria Service Center
Victorville Service Center

Interested Applicants

For more information about EQIP, how to apply and program eligibility, interested applicants should contact a NRCS field office in the county which you own land or where you have an agricultural operation. 

Visit https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/ to find the NRCS representative for your county.