The CAL FIRE 2019/2020 Urban and Community Forestry Program is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), result in a net greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit, and provide environmental services and cost-effective solutions to the needs of urban communities and local agencies. Co-benefits of the projects include increased water supply, clean air and water, reduced energy use, flood and storm water management, recreation, urban revitalization, improved public health, and producing useful products such as bio-fuel, clean energy, and high quality wood.
Projects may provide a combination of these co-benefits or other co-benefits not mentioned, or even benefits that are not yet clearly defined. Urban and Community Forestry efforts play a significant role in meeting the State's GHG emission reduction targets. CAL FIRE encourages resident participation in the development and implementation of each project, although due to the size and complexity of projects, applicants are limited to local agencies and non-profit organizations.