The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) was awarded $4.25 million in funding from the California Natural Resources Agency and Department of Conservation for planning and the identification and implementation of local and regional projects to improve forest health and increase fire resiliency. Funded by Cap-and-Trade revenues through California Climate Investments, the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program (RFFC) aims to help communities prioritize, develop, and implement projects strengthen fire resiliency, increase carbon sequestration, and facilitate greenhouse gas reductions. Please see the NCRP Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program Block Grant Work Plan for more information.NCRP RFFC Demonstration Projects and Processes
On March 13, the NCRP received 18 project proposals in response to the NCRP Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Planning Request for Concept Proposals for Demonstration Projects and Processes for a total request of approximately $3 million. The Technical Peer Review Committee (TPRC) conducted their technical review meeting via conference call on March 30 to discuss the project proposals and select a draft suite of Priority Projects. The Policy Review Panel reviewed and approved the following Priority Demonstration Projects on April 3 at the NCRP Quarterly Meeting:
On February 12, the NCRP announced that it was seeking proposals from eligible North Coast entities to assist in the development of a Regional Priority Plan that will include a comprehensive and integrated set of strategies, actions and projects to support forest, watershed and community health and long-term resilience to wildfire. The NCRP is sought support in three areas – Forest Advisors, Technical Consultants, and Demonstration Projects. Applications were due March 13, 2020.
The NCRP seeks letters of interest from qualified representatives from groups and Tribes in the region, to provide technical review and input on regional and sub-regional priority project planning. In addition, Forestry Advisors will inform and review the development of a process for the allocation of technical support for project development and permitting. The NCRP is seeking Forestry Advisors with knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:
The NCRP seeks proposals from qualified consultants with knowledge and experience related to North Coast forest ecology and management, fuel load reduction, indigenous use of fire, forest project planning and permitting issues. The NCRP is seeking forestry consultants who have field experience, technical research, writing and/or technical assistance skills and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
The NCRP seeks concept proposals for demonstration processes and on-the-ground projects designed to test concepts, methods, and innovative techniques to identify effective management practices for fuel load reduction and forest health that can be quantified and scaled up in the region and elsewhere.
Sub-grants for demonstration projects will be allocated based on the project’s ability to achieve the goals of fuel load reduction, long term forest and ecosystem health, local jobs and revenue, workforce development, support for local infrastructure, innovation and capacity enhancement. The NCRP expects to issue subgrant agreements for demonstration projects in two rounds of funding during the spring of 2020 and all projects will need to be completed by July 30, 2021.