Welcome to the Division of Land Resource Protection
Programs to Conserve California's Farmland & Open Space Resources
Californians make their home amidst some of the most productive farmland and diverse open spaces in the world. The Department of Conservation's Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) works with landowners, local governments, and researchers to conserve these resources for everyone's future.
Agricultural Land Mitigation Program
The Department contracts with other state agencies to secure agricultural conservation easements for mitigation purposes. The Department evaluates each easement proposal to determine whether it meets the requirements of the particular mitigation. If the Department determines that it does, the Department recommends providing the funding to allow the acquisition of the easement. Currently, the Department has funding for agricultural conservation easements in the following counties: Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern. Click
here for more details.
Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program)
On February 7, 2017, the Strategic Growth Council and the Department of Conservation released the Draft FY 2016-17 SALC Program Guidelines for public comments. Please see the
SALC Program pages
for more information.
California Farmland Conservancy Program
The California Farmland Conservancy Program's (CFCP) newest conservation easement:
Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program
California Important Farmland Finder
An interactive version of the Important Farmland map data. Locate your area of interest, calculate acreage, and other useful features, using this online tool. Introductory material about the site and its features is also available.
Important Farmland Maps and Statistics
The 2015 California Farmland Conversion Report The most recent statewide and regional breakdown of farmland conversion trends.
Important Farmland Maps (PDF)
All 2014 data is now available! The last counties to be published are Alameda, Modoc, Siskiyou and Sonoma.
Full size maps for viewing your area of interest; new releases are posted regularly.
Land Conservation (Williamson) Act Program
Williamson Act Medical Marijuana Policy (PDF)
Other News and Information