As part of the California Climate Investments - Forest Health Program, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is currently soliciting applications for scientific research grants that address a variety of topics relevant to forest health and wildland fire management in California.
Information on the Forest Health Program and sub-programs (Forest Health Research and Forest Legacy) can be found on the program website.
Priority research topics for Fiscal Years 2020-21 and 2021-22 include:
- Disturbance, recovery, and strategies for forest resilience in an altered future climate.
- Implementation, effectiveness, impacts, and tradeoffs of alternative management strategies to reduce wildfire risk, increase carbon storage, improve biodiversity, improve water and air quality, and provide regional economic benefits.
- Natural, historical and contemporary range of variation in fire regimes, forest conditions and distributions, and wildfire-related greenhouse gas emissions in California ecosystems, particularly those less well studied.
- Forest products and utilization of forest residues related to fuel reduction and forest health treatments.
- Human dimensions and socio-economic considerations related to forest health and management.
- Improved prediction of wildland fire spread, behavior, and potential impacts, particularly under extreme weather conditions and within the wildland-urban interface.