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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.

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Agricultural Land Mitigation Program

The Department collaborates with other public agencies through the Agricultural Land Mitigation Program to secure agricultural conservation easements for mitigation purposes.  The Department is currently reviewing grant applications submitted by May 22, 2017 to purchase agricultural conservation easements in the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Santa Clara, and Tulare. Click here ​for more details.​​  Please check back in the future for further rounds of funding.​​

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program)

The SALC Program is now accepting applications for the third round of Agricultural Conservation Easement grants and Strategy and Outcome grants. The Final FY 2016-17 SALC Program Guidelines and application materials are available here​. 


California Farmland Conservancy Program

The California Farmland Conservancy Program's (CFCP) newest conservation easement:



Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program

Important Farmland Time Series​ ​​​​ ​​​​​NEW!​​   ​

An online tool to view the Important Farmland map data as a time series, from 1984 to the present.​​​​

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​​ ​​ 
New! 2016 data is now available in Glenn, Mariposa, and Santa Barbara Counties​​​​​​​​.​​​

​The 2015 California Farmland Conversion Report​ 
The most recent statewide and regional breakdown of farmland conversion trends.  ​

Important Farmland Maps (PDF)
Full size maps for viewing your area of interest; new releases are posted regularly.

Land Conservation (Williamson) Act Program

Other News and Information

The LESA Model & Mitigation

The Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) Model  evaluates agricultural characteristics of specific sites, as indicated in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines.   

The California Council of Land Trusts offers a guidebook titled Conserving California’s Harvest – A Model Mitigation Program and Ordinance for Local Governments, which contains input from experts in the fields of local governance, agriculture, conservation, law and mitigation.  The guidebook's focus is on implementation and evolution of farmland mitigation programs that preserve and protect California's world-class agricultural landscape.

Legal and Policy Information

Right to Farm Real Estate Disclosure
2009 legislation relies on Important Farmland Maps to define agriculture in real estate transactions. ​