California Riparian Habitat Conservation Program

State of California Wildlife Conservation Board

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit For-Profit Business

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Riparian habitats are found along rivers, creeks, streams and lakes and are made up of plant communities of woody vegetation. Riparian habitat can range from a dense thicket of shrubs to a closed canopy of large mature trees covered by vines. Riparian systems are one of our most important, and most neglected, renewable natural resources. Unfortunately, this valuable habitat has been removed, degraded, and disturbed since the first settlers arrived in California, with losses estimated to be as high as 95% of historic levels.

The goals of the CRHCP, as noted in its enabling legislation, are to protect, preserve, restore and enhance riparian habitat throughout California. To achieve these goals the program has adopted the following seven objectives:

  • Assess the current amount and status of riparian habitat throughout the state.
  • Identify those areas which are critical to the maintenance of California's riparian ecosystems.
  • Identify those areas which are in imminent danger of destruction or significant degradation.
  • Prioritize protection needs based on the significance of the site and potential loss or degradation of habitat.
  • Develop and fund project-specific strategies to protect, enhance, or restore significant riparian habitat.
  • Develop, administer, and fund a grants program for riparian habitat conservation.
  • Provide a focal point for statewide riparian habitat conservation efforts

Project Examples

  • Restoration of riparian vegetation and re-establishing floodplain connectivity
  • Removal of non-native invasive plant species to restore (actively or passively) native riparian vegetation
  • Installation of fencing along the riparian corridor to manage livestock or wildlife and reduce impacts to streams or riparian vegetation
  • Reconfigure degraded, incised, or undefined streams to restore natural hydrology and encourage reestablishment of native riparian habitat

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  • For projects to restore and enhance wildlife habitats, the WCB is authorized to award grants to:
    • nonprofit organizations [501(c)(3)]
    • local governmental agencies
    • State departments and federal agencies
  • Project Criteria:
    • There must be a contribution of either cash or in-kind services for all restoration projects on private lands.
    • Grantee or landowner must maintain restored habitat in perpetuity for conservation easements and for 25 years for all projects on privately-owned property.
    • Grantee must obtain all required environmental permits.
    • Partnerships are strongly encouraged in the construction, operation and maintenance of projects.