Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands Grant Program
State of California Wildlife Conservation Board
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The Wildlife Conservation Board's agricultural program is formally known as the Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands (ERAL) program. The intent of the funding is to assist landowners in developing wildlife friendly practices on their properties that can be sustained and co-exist with agricultural operations.
In California, a large number of wildlife species are dependent on privately owned agricultural lands for habitat. Agricultural lands can provide significant habitat and connectivity with protected wildlife areas.
In many cases agricultural landowners are willing to integrate wildlife habitat benefits into the management and operations of their properties, but lack the capital and/or expertise to implement these practices.
Under Proposition 84, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) received $5,000,000.00 in bond funds to “Assist Farmers in Integrating Agricultural Activities with Ecosystem Restoration and Wildlife Protection”. This funding source provides WCB with the opportunity to work directly with farmers and other agricultural landowners to enhance habitat consistent with agricultural operations. The WCB seeks to collaborate with the agricultural community in identifying and implementing projects that provide long-term habitat benefits for wildlife, consistent with landowner objectives, including economic sustainability, and have the potential for replication on a statewide basis.
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- The WCB is authorized to award grants to nonprofit organizations [501(c)(3)], local governmental agencies, State departments and federal agencies.
- All projects must be located on privately owned, agricultural land where agriculture is a major land-use activity, and there is a willing property owner.
- All projects must provide on-site habitat benefits to wildlife.
- All projects must be durable and include a long-term management plan and agreement that ensures that habitat features will remain on the landscape for a time period commensurate with wildlife population needs (a standard agreement is at least 25 years).
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