Fostering Forest Stewardship's Triple Bottom Line

Restoring Local Communities, Healthy Forest and Forest Stewardship Economy

U.S. Forest Service

Together with the U.S. Forest Service, we manage forests for sustainable multiple-uses to meet the diverse needs of people, ensure the health of our natural resources, provide recreational opportunities, manage wildfire, guard against invasive threats, and work with State and private forest landowners, cities and communities, and international cooperation. We currently have agreements with the Eldorado, Humboldt-Toiyabe, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, and Stanislaus National Forests

Bureau of Land Management, Motherlode Field Office

Together with The Bureau of Land Management's mission, we sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. We work or have worked with the BLM in Calaveras, Amador and Butte Counties. Click here to go to the BLM Motherlode Field Office website.


CHIPS has cooperative agreements and work under grants with Yosemite National Park, National Park Foundation, and Yosemite Conservancy to conduct ecosystem and cultural restoration and fuels reduction work, while bolstering tribal workforce development in the Yosemite region.

Private Lands

We partner with Fire Safe Councils, Resource Conservation Districts, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Yosemite-Sequoia Resource Conservation District and Development Council, local water agencies, and PG&E, in addition to private landowners, to conduct fuels reduction work on private lands predominantly in and adjacent to communities.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy: Workforce Development Training; High Roads Training Partnership

We have agreements with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to work with tribal entities to establish forest stewardship crews and to deploy them under those agreements.

The High Roads Training Partnership will help to equip and train crews, and to procure contracts for work.


We have several grants from various funding agencies to accomplish fuels reduction and thinning for forest health, with a goal of utilizing local contractors and vendors to boost local forest economy, including Sierra Nevada Conservancy, CAL FIRE, California Wildlife Conservation Board, National Forest Foundation, National Parks Foundation, California Workforce Development Board, USFS Wood Innovations, Economic Development Administration, and the Sierra Nevada Alliance

Click the link below to visit CHIPS' Request for Proposals (RFPs) page to see current and past grant-funded projects CHIPS is administering.

Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group

Along with the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG), a community-based group of diverse stakeholders, we work to create fire-safe communities, healthy forests and watersheds, and sustainable local economies.


Partners, Grants & Agreements

Over the years, CHIPS has developed many partnerships in the Central Sierra Nevada and beyond, and through these, we assist federal, state, municipal, and private partners accomplish forest stewardship activities that meet our triple bottom line approach of fire-safe communities, healthy forests and sustainable local economies. Scroll down to learn more.