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September 30, 2019 - Final Application Phase and FAQ

The Final Application Phase of the 2019 GHG PSN is underway. Final Applications must be submitted through CDFW WebGrants. The deadline for Final Applications is October 18, 2019 by 4:00

Final Application Materials:

A link opens in new windowrecording of the September 17, 2019 Final Application Workshop (YouTube) is now available. The Workshop provides guidance on how to develop a Final Application and navigate WebGrants.

CDFW has developed an link opens in new windowFrequently Asked Questions (PDF) with the questions from the Final Application Workshop and those received through WetlandRestoration@wildlife.ca.gov.

July 22, 2019 - Pre-Application Workshops and FAQ

CDFW will host an online Pre-Application Workshop for the 2019 GHG Proposal Solicitation Notice on Wednesday, July 31, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m, via link opens in new windowSkype. This workshop will cover:

  1. WebGrants Registration;
  2. How to Apply to PSN; and
  3. How the Pre-Applications will be evaluated.

Workshop attendance is encouraged but not required. If you are unable to attend, you may watch a link opens in new windowrecording of the July 10 Pre-Application Workshop.

The link opens in new windowFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF) has been updated with questions from the Pre-Application Workshop.

June 25, 2019 - Now Accepting Pre-Applications

Final Solicitation and Guidelines Released

CDFW has released the final link opens in new window2019 Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF). Pre-Applications must be submitted through CDFW's link opens in new windowWebGrants application portal.

The deadline for Pre-Applications is August 13, 2019, by 4:00 p.m. PDT.

Application Materials:

Pre-Application Workshops

CDFW will host online Pre-Application Workshops on July 10 and July 31, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. via Skype. link opens in new windowJoin Skype Meeting

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Released

CDFW has developed link opens in new windowFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF) from the comments and questions received during the public comment period and PSN Public Workshops. The FAQ will be updated as questions are submitted to WetlandRestoration@wildlife.ca.gov.

December 21, 2018 - Awards Announced

CDFW link opens in new windowhas awarded three projects $4.2 million in funding in response to the FY 2017-18 Proposal Solicitation Notice.


The Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program (Program) restores or enhances wetlands and watershed ecosystems to provide essential services to California's people, wildlife, and fish. Wetlands have high carbon sequestration rates that can sequester carbon for decades. There is tremendous opportunity to restore or enhance large areas of mountain meadow, coastal tidal, inland seasonal, and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta wetlands that do not currently provide the full potential of carbon storage or other benefits due to historical land use.

The Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment - particularly in disadvantaged and/or low-income communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the link opens in new windowCalifornia Climate Investments website.

Program Work, by the Numbers

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15 Projects
in Costal Wetlands, Mountain Meadows, and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Wetlands
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$25M Investment
$16M in Disadvantaged and/or Low-Income Communities
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5,670 Acres Restored or Enhanced Equivalent to 4,310 football fields
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792,212 Metric Tons Estimated
CO2-equivalent Sequestered

Equal to 7 million gallons of gasoline