Butte RCD is excited to introduce the Small Forest Landowner Assistance Program (SFLAP). This program provides low-cost or no-cost treatments toward fire recovery and resilience for small, non-industrial, private landowners. The treatments can include tree and brush thinning, re-planting, pruning, fuels reduction, large hazard tree removal, or whatever other treatments will make the greatest improvement in landowner and community safety.
Each landowner will be eligible for no-cost work on 1 to 10 acres of the most strategic areas on their property. In 2023 and 2024, this program can serve 35 landowners or up to 210 acres. Landowners accepted in the program will receive a forest management plan prepared by a forestry professional, and the Butte County RCD will conduct the necessary surveys to complete the environmental compliance required for CEQA. During this initial phase of SFLAP, the BCRCD will also select qualified contractors and fund 100% of the cost of implementing the selected treatments.
To qualify for SFLAP, you must demonstrate your motivation to actively manage your land. Landowners who are low income will be prioritized for selection. The first areas of focus for SFLAP are Berry Creek and Feather Falls, two areas devastated by the 2020 North Fire Complex.
Residents of Berry Creek application deadline: March 24, 2023.
Residents of Feather Falls application deadline: September 1, 2023.
Who Can Apply? You can, if you meet the following criteria:
- Your property must be within the 2020 North Fire Complex footprint
- You are the landowner or someone (land manager, forester) who has the written approval of the landowner to apply. Properties held in a Trust and LLCs are also eligible applicants.
- You are a non-industrial, private landowner
- Your property is or was forested containing any of the following vegetation types: oak woodland, mixed evergreen, ponderosa pine.
- You are willing to enter into an agreement with Butte County RCD and allow for work to be completed on your land.
What Can I Apply For?
No commercial value wood product can be removed through this program. The project area must be at least one acre in size.
Projects under SFLAP must include one or more of the following activities:
- Preparation of a Forest Management Plan by a Registered Professional Forester (RPF)
- Reforestation activities, such as
- Site preparation
- Tree or native plant planting
- Tree shelters
- Fuels reduction and forest stand improvement activities, such as
- Hazard tree removal
- Dead and dying fuels treatment
- Shaded fuel breaks
- Oak woodland improvement
- Brush removal
- Thinning/“release” treatments
- Pruning (limbing-up)
- Follow-up fuel hazard reduction activities, such as mastication/chipping or pile-burning.
A Good Fit
The following qualities are not required, but they make you an especially good fit for SFLAP:
- You’ve cooperated with your neighboring landowners to enroll adjacent properties in the program
- You’re committed to the sustainable management of your forestland
- You’ve developed a forest management plan or other guiding document with a forester and you’ve already identified management units and planned treatments.
- Your land already has some resource surveys (like archaeological surveys or even full CEQA coverage) from previous management
- You are low-income and/or you would not be able to treat your forestland without the financial support of this program
If selected, to participate in the program you must enter into an agreement with the BCRCD. In addition to the agreement, you must allow biological and cultural surveys to be conducted on your property.
How to Apply
If you live in Berry Creek or Feather Falls and you need help to increase your property’s fire resilience and recovery, please complete the SFLAP application by the deadlines assigned to your location.
Alternatively, you may download the application here:
Send completed applications to the address provided below, postmarked no later than the application deadline date.
Butte County Resource Conservation District
150 ChuckYeager Way- Suite A
Oroville, CA 959650
For more information please visit the Butte County RCD webpage or contact us at email@example.com or at (530) 413-7669.
This program has been funded by the USDA Forest Service (USFS) 2021 Post-Fire Disaster Recovery Grant via the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts and by a Regional Fire and Forests Capacity Program subgrant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.