The Innovative Finance for National Forest (IFNF) Grant Program recently awarded $84,986 to the County of Humboldt’s Economic Development Division. The grant funding will be used for a research project into the feasibility of a Forest Health Fund, to subsidize forest thinning and biomass removal.
The CalForest WRX Alliance is a diverse group of stakeholders to improve social, economic, and environmental sustainability in Northwestern California including Humboldt County and the Six Rivers National Forest.
With drought conditions throughout the county, the threat of wildfires is a concern across the interior. The project aims to reduce severe wildfire risks from small diameter timber on public and private lands by unlocking opportunities to generate a positive revenue flow from forest resources that are currently low value. It seeks to use these products to meet demand in the manufacturing industry, particularly around affordable and low-income housing projects.