Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program
All public comments are due by close of business March 17, 2017.
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for ways you can participate. The Final Guidelines will tentatively be posted on March 30, 2017 in advance of the April 11, 2017, Strategic Growth Council meeting.
The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program) is a component of the Strategic Growth Council's Affordable Housing and Sustainability Program (AHSC). The AHSC, administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC), aims “to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through project that implement land use, housing, transportation, and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development…”
The SALC Program complement investments made in urban areas with the purchase of agricultural conservation easements, development of agricultural land strategy plans, and other mechanisms that result in GHG reductions and a more resilient agricultural sector. In future years, the SALC Program is proposed to support farm-scale conservation management practices that further promote reductions in GHG emissions and increases in soil carbon sequestration.
The Department of Conservation is working in cooperation with the Natural Resources Agency and the SGC to implement the SALC Program. The program invests in agricultural land conservation with revenue from California's California Climate Investments (CCI) Fund,
made available for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing additional benefits to California communities. The CCI is derived from quarterly cap-and-trade auction proceeds, which are administered by the California Air Resources Board.
The application window for the FY 2015-16 grant cycle has closed. For additional information on FY 2015-16 funding, please refer to the FY 2015-16 SALC Program Guidelines and additional materials available on our Background Documents page. The Strategic Growth Council approved funding totaling $37.4 million for twenty-one FY 2015-16 SALC Program projects on August 9, 2016. For information on this year's funded projects and press release, please visit the Funded Projects page.
The first round of funding (FY 2014-15) was approved by the Strategic Growth Council on June 30, 2015.
Please visit our Funded Projects page
for FY 2014-15 project descriptions. Please see the SGC web site for more information about the overall AHSC program.
The Department of Conservation is working in cooperation with the Natural Resources Agency and the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) to implement the SALC Program. The SALC Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.