Working Lands and Riparian Corridors Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Announcements

The Department of Conservation’s Solicitation Notice and Application for: Riparian Corridor Restoration and Conservation Grants is now available.  These grants provide funds specifically to resource conservation districts to protect, restore and enhance riparian corridors on agricultural lands.  Agricultural landowners may be willing to integrate ecosystem projects and protections in their operations but may lack the capital and/or expertise to implement these practices.  The Department collaborates with resource conservation districts, landowners, and other stakeholders to plan and implement projects that support long-term sustainable management of riparian corridors on California’s farms and ranches. ​

The application, budget and grant agreement are available for download in word and excel formats. ​

Application workshop (online) was held on November 3rd, 2021


Key Dat​​​es

  • 8/30/21: Draft Guidelines released
  • 9/14/2021: Draft Guideline Workshop
  • 9/30/2021: Public Comment Closed
  • 10/29/2021: Solicitation Notice and Application Released        
  • 11/3/2021: Online application workshop ​   ​
  • 12/6/2021: Applications due    
  • Early 2022: Awards announced

Questions? Email wlrc@conservation.co.gov​ for additional program information or technical assistance.

Current Solicitiation Information

Approximately $6.5 million is available for projects on agricultural land for: 

  • Restoration and enhancement planning projects for project design, permitting and CEQA and NEPA compliance
  • Protection of riparian corridors in perpetuity
  • Control and elimination of invasive species
  • Planting native species
  • Removing waste and debris
  • Prescribed burning
  • Fuel hazard reduction
  • Fencing out threats to existing or restored natural resources
  • Road elimination
  • Improving instream, riparian, or managed wetland habitat conditions
  • Other plant and wildlife habitat improvement to increase natural system value of the property
  • Modernize stream crossings, culverts, and bridges
  • Reconnect historical floodplains
  • Install or improve fish screens
  • Provide fish passages
  • Restore river channels
  • Restore or enhance riparian, aquatic, and terrestrial habitats
  • Improve ecological functions

Who can apply? Eligible applicants are California resource conservation districts.

Questions? Email: wlrc@conservation.co.gov

We hosted an online workshop on September 14th where we shared solicitation information and gathered public input. To view and/or download the present​​ation, follow this link.

Program Overvi​ew ​
The Working Lands and Riparian Corridors program provides grants to protect, restore, and enhance working lands and riparian corridors through conservation easements and restoration projects on agricultural lands.

Activities funded under this program must target agricultural lands and may include:

  • Project development
  • Land trust strategic planning
  • Local and regional planning
  • Conservation acquisitions
  • Sustainable management practices
  • Watershed restoration

Previous Awa​rds​

November 2020-- $2 million was awarded to fund watershed restoration and conservation projects on agricultural lands in Marin, Sonoma, Kings and Ventura counties. Each grant went to a locally focused Resource Conservation District (RCD).

October 2019-- the California Department of Conservation awarded $1.9 million in funding to 22 proposals to plan, develop, and implement climate adaptation and resilience projects throughout the state:​

​​​Funding​

For more information about Proposition 68 can be found on the California Natural Resources Agency website. ​
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