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Cooperative Forestry: Landowner Assistance

About 15 million acres of non-industrial private forest (NIPF) land owned by over 370,000 landowners are found in the Pacific Southwest Region, which includes California, Hawaii and the American-affiliated Pacific Islands. The Region works through State/Territorial Foresters to provide the Forest Stewardship Program, Forest Resource Management and Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetic Resources Programs, the Forest Legacy Program and related forest management assistance to eligible landowners.

Our responsibility

To oversee landowner assistance programs administered by the States to encourage and assist private forest landowners to actively manage their land and forest-related resources economic and environmental benefits for themselves and future generations.

Our goal

Programs are targeted at improving productivity and land management practices on non-industrial private forest land, where landowners may not have the knowledge or resources to pursue good stewardship practices without some assistance.

Our areas of expertise

The Forest Stewardship Program and the Stewardship Incentives Program help private forest landowners develop plans for sustainable management of their land and technical and financial assistance for:

  • plan development
  • reforestation and afforestation
  • forest and agroforestry improvement
  • windbreak establishment, maintenance and renovation
  • soil and water protection and improvement
  • riparian and wetland protection and improvement
  • fisheries habitat enhancement
  • wildlife habitat enhancement
  • forestland recreation enhancement

Other programs are:

  • Forestry Legacy Program which helps private forest landowners protect their land from conversion to non-forest uses.
  • The Forest Resource Management and Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetic Resource Programs provide technical and financial assistance to states to support sustainable forest management of NIPF lands and the availability of higher quality planting stock to landowners.

Contact Information:

Miranda Hutten - Acting
California Regional Program Manager
1323 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 562-9025
Hawaii/Pacific Island Regional Program Manager
60 Nowelo St
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 854-2620