​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program

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SALC Draft Guidelines Public Comment Period is Now Open

The pub​lic comment period for the draft 2019-2020 SALC Guidelines​​ (PDF) is now open. Public comments will be accepted until noon on January 27, 2020.​

Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

​​​​In Person: 

​​Northern​ California Public Meeting:

​Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Depa​rtment of Conservation​, 801 K Street, MS 14-15, Sacramento, CA 95814​​

10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Acquisition Projects and Minimum Deed Terms​
1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Planning Projects

Webcast is available, please RSVP at (916) 324-0850 as space is limited​.

​Southern California Public Meeting: 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

​380 East Vanderbilt Way, San Bernardino, CA 92408​

​10 p.m.-12 p.m.: Acquisition Projects and Minimum Deed Terms
​1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Planning Projects San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

Please RSVP at (916) 324-0850​.

By E-mail:


By Mail:

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program
Attn: 2019-2020 Draft Guidelines Public Comment
801 K Street, MS 14-15
Sacramento, CA 95814​

Following initial review of public comments, SALC has postponed the release of our proposed minimum deed terms​. We will hold workshops to discuss the minimum deed terms in conjunction with the SALC Guidelines public comment workshops. Please see above for additional information.​

Easement and Planning Request for Grant Applications

The 2018-19 SALC grant application period closed on September 13, 2019. Visit our Application Information page for relevant materials.

The deadline to submit pre-proposals for easement projects was April 17, 2019. Applicants who submitted a pre-proposal received feedback on their project from the Department before or on July 1, 2019. ​The optional planning grant pre-proposal deadline was July 15, 2019. Ap​plicants who submitted a pre-proposal received feedback on their project from the Department before or on August 15, 2019.

About SALC​

SALC is a component of the Strategic Growth Council's (SGC) Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program.  SALC complements 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.

The program invests in agricultural land conservation with revenue from the California Climate ​Investments (CCI) Fund​, made available for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing additional benefits to California communities. CCI is derived from quarterly cap-and-trade auction proceeds, which are administered by the California Air Resources Board. 

The Department of Conservation works in cooperation with the Natural Resources Agency and the SGC to implement the program. ​
Please see the SGC website for more information about the AHSC Program​

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​About California Climate Investments

SALC 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. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.

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