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With a team of scientists and other dedicated professionals, the Department of Conservation (DOC) administers a variety of programs vital to California's public safety, environment and economy. The services DOC provides are designed to balance today's needs with tomorrow's obligations by fostering the wise use and conservation of energy, land and mineral resources. Here is what the DOC offers:

Mining & Geology ~ Planners, developers, the real estate industry and property owners use maps made by the DOC to pinpoint the location of earthquake faults, earthquake-related hazards such as liquefaction and landslides, naturally occurring harmful substances such as radon and asbestos, and mineral resources. The DOC helps ensure the safety of the public and environment by regulating the state's $2 billion a year mining industry and has a program that locates, prioritizes and remediates abandoned mines that pose a threat to public safety.

Beverage Container Recycling ~ Thanks in part to the DOC’s education and outreach programs, Californians continue to increase the number of California Refund Value beverage containers they recycled each year, saving energy, natural resources and valuable raw materials that would be lost if the bottles and cans were tossed into the trash. The DOC ensures consumers have easy access to recycling centers that will take their aluminum, glass, plastic and bimetal containers. It also maintains a consumer-friendly Web site and a toll-free number (1-800-RECYCLE) to provide recycling information and help in finding nearby recycling centers.

Oil, Gas and Geothermal ~ The DOC safeguards California's residents, environment and energy resources with its regulation of oil, gas and geothermal wells. DOC has a vast amount of information about this $6 billion industry, including more than 180,000 well records, production and injection statistics, well logs, and field maps. DOC provides technical assistance on restoring land that contains old oil and gas wells for development. DOC's services and information are available at six district offices.

Agricultural Land Protection ~ As the population of California grows, so does the pressure to urbanize farmland and open space. The DOC helps protect the state's farm and ranch lands, which support California’s $29 billion per year agricultural economy. The DOC monitors land use to help local governments with planning decisions. It offers landowners consultation about land use, as well as financial incentives to keep parcels in agricultural or open-space use.

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