California Natural Resources Agency’s Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEM) provides funding for urban forestry and resource lands enhancement.

Urban Forestry:

  • Planting of trees and other plants along urban streets and medians.
  • Greening existing public lands and structures, including school campuses and urban parks.
  • Greening vacant lots and abandoned sites.
  • Restoration of urban creeks

Resource Lands:

  • Removal of invasive and restoration of natural plant species.
  • Enhancement or restoration of natural areas such as inland wetlands, forests, oak woodlands, mountain meadows, creeks and streams with riparian or riverine fish or wildlife habitat, wildlife corridors and fish passages, coastal estuaries, grazing land and grasslands.
  • Acquisitions in fee title or through conservation easements to safeguard regional water supplies, protect riparian and wildlife habitats, conserve agricultural lands for secure wildlife migration corridors, and provide public access for compatible wildlife/nature-oriented recreation by the wider community.
  • Acquisitions to preserve in perpetuity Resource Lands for agricultural uses, open space, wetlands, etc.

Applicants are required to submit an online project proposal in SOAR (System for Online Application Review) no later than June 17 by 5pm.

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