California’s natural and working lands comprise three-quarters of the land base statewide. These lands provide food, fiber, and a variety of ecosystem services including important opportunities for climate mitigation that reduce GHG emissions from wildfire and land conversion, and store carbon in biomass and soils.
In addition, investments in organic waste management and waste diversion reduce GHG emissions as well as criteria and toxic air pollutants by reducing the amount of municipal solid waste that is disposed of in landfills. Investments in natural resources and waste diversion can also help protect against the impacts of future climate change.
This program funds projects to proactively restore forest health in order to reduce greenhouse gases, to protect upper watersheds where the state’s water supply originates, to promote the long-term storage of carbon in forest trees and soils, minimize the loss of forest carbon from large, intense wildfires, and to further the goals of AB 32: the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
This new program will provide financial incentives to implement on-farm management practices that will build soil carbon and reduce agricultural GHG emissions, through direct incentives to farmers and ranchers, as well as demonstration projects. Farmers and ranchers (incentives) and partnerships between agricultural operations/industry groups, academia, non-profit organizations and/or resource conservation districts (demonstration projects) will be eligible to apply for funds.
CAL FIRE is working with the California High Speed Rail Authority to offer $2.5 million in tree planting grants to communities that are in the vicinity of the first portion of the high-speed rail build. The trees planted will provide for greenhouse gas reduction and numerous environmental, social and economic benefits to the communities awarded funds.
This competitive grant program funds projects that reduce GHG emissions by enhancing and expanding neighborhood parks; provide greening of public lands and structures; mitigate urban heat islands; establish green streets and alleyways; and develop nonmotorized urban trails that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and school.
Offers funding to assist public and private entities in the safe and effective management of the waste stream. Investments support financial incentives for capital investments in composting/anaerobic digestion infrastructure and recycling manufacturing facilities that divert waste from landfills. The program is comprised of four subprograms: Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grants (new in FY 2016-17), Organics and Recycling Manufacturing Loans, Organics Grants, and Recycling Manufacturing Grants.
Funds projects that provide carbon sequestration bene fits, including restoration of wetlands, coastal watersheds and mountain meadows. In addition to furthering the goals of AB 32, these types of projects are integral to developing a more sustainable water management system statewide.