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.
Land Conservation (Williamson) Act - Solar-Use Easements - SB 618
This bill authorizes parties of a Williamson Act contract, under specific circumstances, to agree to rescind the contract and simultaneously enter into a solar-use easement. In most cases, the easement will require that the land be used for solar photovoltaic facilities for a term no less than 20 years.
The comment period for the formal SB 618 draft regulations ended on September 30, 2013. On October 23, 2013, modifications to the formal draft regulations were released for a 15 day review period, which ended on November 7, 2013. Please see the Solar-Use Easements page for additional information.
For more information regarding the rulemaking process, please refer to the Office of Administrative Law.
Land Conservation (Williamson) Act - Open Space Subventions
Open Space Subventions were eliminated as of the FY 2010-2011 budget. Effective July 15 2011, AB 1265 allows eligible counties to re-capture 10 percent of the property tax benefits provided to their owners of Williamson Act lands. Background on the legislation is available in this updated Advisory Statement (PDF).
The 2013 Land Conservation Act and Open Space Subvention Act (OSSA) Survey is now available. Despite elimination of OSSA payments in the FY 2013 budget, this annual information is critical in order to document the level of participation in the program and the impact the loss of OSSA payments is having on local governments. It is the basis for the biennial Land Conservation Act Status Report, which provides information to the Legislature and general public on the status of the Program among counties and cities.
Farmland Mapping - California Important Farmland Finder
New! 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.
The Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) is administering two grant programs to assist local governments and nonprofits in achieving long-term resource management goals: the Sustainable Community Planning Incentive Grants (awarded by the Strategic Growth Council) and the Watershed Coordinator Grants. Both programs are funded through the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Act of 2006 (Proposition 84).
News and Information
Easements and Land Conservation Status
Summary of Agricultural Easements and Planning Projects Funded by CFCP
The 2010 Williamson Act Status Report
The 2012 Status Report is in process. Until it is available, the most recent edition is current to 2010.
Agricultural Land Use and Farmland Conversion
2010 Important Farmland Maps and Statistics
All counties are now available.
The 2006-08 California Farmland Conversion Report
Come back soon for the 2008-2010 edition, which is now being compiled.
Important Farmland Maps in PDF format
Full size maps for viewing your area of interest; new releases are posted regularly.
The LESA Model
The Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) Model evaluates agricultural characteristics of specific sites, as indicated in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines.
Legal and Policy Information
CFCP legislation, effective January 2011
Creates flexibility for conservation of 'whole farms'
Right to Farm Real Estate Disclosure
2009 legislation relies on Important Farmland Maps to define agriculture in real estate transactions.
The Watershed Portal is a comprehensive information source, with technical and educational information, training materials, grant announcements, upcoming events, and other tools to help manage and protect California’s watersheds.