Rangeland, Grazing Land, and Grassland Protection Program

State of California Wildlife Conservation Board


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

Applications will be accepted on a year-round basis. Almost all funding available for this program has been allocated. Before completing an application please contact the WCB.

The purpose of the program is to protect California's rangeland, grazing land and grassland through the use of conservation easements. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 10332, the purpose of the program is to accomplish the following:

  • To prevent the conversion of rangeland, grazing land and grassland to nonagricultural uses.
  • To protect the long-term sustainability of livestock grazing.
  • To ensure continued wildlife, water quality, watershed and open-space benefits to the State of California from livestock grazing.

Projects must protect the integrity of the rangeland, grazing lands and grasslands. 

Innovative compatible use activities address the external and internal components of sustainability.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants and partners include a willing landowner, a local public agency, special district, resource conservation district, joint powers authority, nonprofit organization or state agency.
  • The terms and conditions of the conservation easement must comply with the "Principles of Compatible Use".
    • Landowner must disclose any known or suspected environmental conditions associated with the property.
    • Landowner must certify the conservation easement was not, and is not, required to satisfy a condition imposed upon the landowner by any lease, permit, license, certificate, or other entitlement for use issued by one or more public agencies, including, but not limited to, the mitigation of significant effects on the environment of a project pursuant to an approved environmental impact report or mitigated negative declaration.
    • Landowners must certify the proposed use is consistent with local land use plans and zoning requirements.
    • Holders of mineral rights will be notified of the intent to purchase a conservation easement.

Preferences:

  • The WCB encourages projects to be developed with partners attempting to address regional landscape issues.
  • A partnership approach brings to the project a diversity of skills, expertise, ideas and sometimes-even money that may not otherwise be available to complete a desired project.
  • Project proposals that contain funding partners may receive a higher priority than those applicants requesting 100 percent of the necessary funds to acquire the conservation easement.

Ineligibility:

  • Applicants interested in obtaining an easement on more intensified agricultural areas are encouraged to contact the Department of Conservation (DOC), California Farmland Conservancy Program.