The California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP), developed by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, is a critical component of the state’s multi-faceted strategy to address California’s wildfire crisis. The CalVTP includes the use of prescribed burning, mechanical treatments, manual treatments, herbicides, and prescribed herbivory as tools to reduce hazardous vegetation around communities in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), to construct fuel breaks, and to restore healthy ecological fire regimes. The CalVTP Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (Programmatic EIR) provides a powerful tool to expedite the implementation of vegetation treatments to reduce wildfire risk while conserving natural resources. For more information about the CalVTP, please visit the websites linked below.
CalVTP and the Professional Foresters Law (PFL)
An RPF may be required for certain CalVTP projects. The Professional Foresters Law (PFL), Public Resources Code §750, et seq., requires landowners to retain a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) for activities constituting the practice of forestry on forested landscapes.
The PFL defines forested Landscapes as “those tree dominated landscapes and their associated vegetation types on which there is growing a significant stand of tree species, or which are naturally capable of growing a significant stand of native trees in perpetuity, and is not otherwise devoted to nonforestry commercial, urban, or farming uses.” (PRC §754.)
The Board recommends that you evaluate, during the initial phase of the project proposal process, whether your CalVTP project is located on a forested landscape that will require hiring an RPF to perform forestry services.
To find a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) for your CalVTP project, please use the Board of Forestry’s RPF/CRM Roster.
CalVTP Programmatic EIR
Visit the Programmatic EIR webpage to view the Final CalVTP Programmatic EIR. On this page you will find the following:
- Final Programmatic EIR chapters and appendices, including the CalVTP Program description (Volume II, Chapter 2)
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Findings and Statement of Overriding Consideration
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Environmental Filing Fee Cash Receipt to the Board
How to Use the CalVTP
Visit the How to Use the CalVTP webpage for information on how to use CalVTP to streamline CEQA review of vegetation treatment projects. On this page you will find links for the following:
- Project-Specific Analysis (PSA) template
- CEQA Flow Chart for CalVTP PSA Process
- CEQA Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations template
- Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the CalVTP Programmatic EIR
- CDFW Contacts for CalVTP Projects
- Sample CEQA documents using the CalVTP (PSA and Addendums)
- Webinar Trainings
- Additional Regulatory Streamlining Options
- Technical Resources
Visit the CalVTP Database webpage for data related to proposed, approved, and completed projects under the CalVTP. On this page you will find links for the following:
- CalVTP Treatable Landscapes Viewer
- Online Viewer for Proposed Projects Under the CalVTP
- Online Viewer for Approved and Completed Projects Under the CalVTP
- Approved Projects Environmental Documentation
- Submitting Information to Comply with form SPR AD-7 (SPR = standard project requirement)
Approved Projects Environmental Documentation
Visit the Approved Projects Environmental Documentation webpage to view the environmental documentation (e.g., PSA, Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program) for individual CalVTP projects.
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