Inland Wetlands Conservation Program

State of California Wildlife Conservation Board

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Alpine County, Butte County, Calaveras County, Colusa County, El Dorado County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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The Inland Wetlands Conservation Program (IWCP) was created to assist the Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) in its mission is to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands and associated habitats. The CVJV, a partnership of twenty two public and private organizations and agencies, has identified through its Implementation Plan specific goals to increase populations of six bird groups:

  • wintering waterfowl
  • breeding waterfowl
  • non-breeding shorebirds
  • breeding shorebirds, waterbirds
  • breeding riparian songbirds.

The IWCP has a wide range of options to accomplish these goals, including:

  • acquisitions of land or water for wetlands or wildlife friendly agriculture
  • acquisition of conservation easements
  • restoration of public or private lands, or
  • enhancement of existing degraded habitats.

In addition, the program will work toward providing long term reliable water for wetlands and winter-flooded agricultural lands. The WCB acquires, leases, rents, sells and exchanges any land or options acquired, with the proceeds going directly to the Inland Wetlands Conservation fund to further support the efforts of the IWCP and the CVHJV. The grantee or landowner must manage and maintain wetlands in perpetuity for easements and for 25 years for all restoration projects.

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  • The WCB, through the IWCP, awards grants to:
    • nonprofit organizations
    • local governmental agencies and
    • state departments.
  • Funding is available in the Central Valley of California, which extends approximately 400 miles from Red Bluff in the north to Bakersfield in the south and encompasses the following nine basins:
    • Butte, Colusa, Sutter Yolo, American, Suisun Marsh, Delta, San Joaquin and, Tulare Lake area
  • Project and land acquisition funding is available.
  • Project Criteria:
    • All IWCP projects must lie within the CVJV boundary and satisfy one or more of the following eight specific objectives identified in the CVJV Implementation Plan:
      • Protect all remaining unprotected wetlands in perpetuity.
      • Restore and protect 108,527 acres of seasonal wetlands.
      • Restore and protect 12,500 acres of semi-permanent wetlands.
      • Enhance 23,884 acres of seasonal wetlands each year.
      • Restore and protect 10,000 acres of riparian habitat over the next five years.
      • Enhance 307,000 acres of wildlife friendly agriculture.
      • Protect wildlife friendly agricultural lands through conservation easements in the American, Butte, Sutter, San Joaquin and Delta Basins.
      • Protect agricultural lands through conservation easements in the American, Butte, Sutter, Delta and San Joaquin Basins to buffer existing wetlands from urban and residential development.
    • In addition, all restoration or enhancement projects must meet all of the following:
      • All wetland projects must have sufficient water to maintain wetland values;
      • Grantee and/or landowner must provide a contribution either cash or in kind services, for all restoration projects on private lands;
      • Grantee or landowner must manage and maintain wetlands in perpetuity for easements and for 25 years for all projects on privately-owned properties;
      • Grantee must obtain all required environmental permits.
      • Partnerships are encouraged in the construction, operation and maintenance of projects.