What is the Department of Conservation?

The Department of Conservation houses a variety of programs that deal with California's geology, agricultural land and natural resources. DOC consists of the California Geological Survey; Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources; Division of Recycling; Division of Land Resource Protection; and Office of Mine Reclamation.  The State Mining and Geology Board is also housed within DOC, although it has many autonomous functions. DOC is part of the Resources Agency.

What Does the Department of Conservation Do?

DOC administers agricultural and open-space land conservation programs, ensures the reclamation of land used for mining; promotes beverage container recycling; regulates oil, gas and geothermal wells; and studies and maps earthquakes and other geologic phenomena.

The DOC Mission Statement reads:

"The mission of the Department of Conservation is to protect public health and safety, ensure environmental quality, and support the state’s long-term economic viability in the use of California’s land and mineral resources through science and technology."

The Mission Statement has individual sub-statements for each DOC division:

  • The California Geological Survey develops and disseminates technical information and advice on California’s geology, geologic hazards, and mineral resources.

  • The Office of Mine Reclamation provides expertise and advice to lead agencies and operators to promote the use and development of mineral resources consistent with sound conservation practices, and promote effective mine land reclamation to prevent adverse impacts.

  • The Division of Land Resource Protection provides information to guide land use planning decisions and programs that allow agricultural and open space landowners to voluntarily protect their land.

  • The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources provides for the prudent development of hydrocarbon and geothermal resources through the application of sound engineering and regulatory practices.

  • The Division of Recycling promotes beverage container recycling and litter reduction and encourages the development of products made from recycled beverage containers.

How long has the Department of Conservation existed?

DOC can trace its beginnings to the first California State Geological Survey, which took place between 1853 and 1856. In 1965, the Department of Natural Resources became the Department of Conservation.


Where is the Department of Conservation Located?

The physical address of our headquarters is:

California Department of Conservation
801 K Street, MS 24-01
Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 322-1080
Fax: (916) 445-0732
e-mail: webmaster@consrv.ca.gov

The Department of Conservation has most of its offices located at its headquarters building, the Renaissance Tower in downtown Sacramento. Also, we have field offices throughout the state. For a complete list of contact information, click here.