​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program

SALC Draft Guidelines Public Comment Period is Now Open

​​The public comment period for the draft 2018-2019 SALC guidelines is now open. Public comments will be accepted until 5:00pm on December 3, 2018.

For additional information on how to comment, please visit our Stakeholder Feedback page.

About the SALC Program

The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program) is a component of the Strategic Growth Council's Affordable Housing and Sustainability Program (AHSC).  The SALC Program 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's 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. ​
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The Strategic Growth Council approved funding totaling $37.4 million for FY 2015-16 SALC Program projects on August 9, 2016 and $33.9 million for FY2016-17 projects on December 5, 2017.  For additional information on previous years' funding, please visit the Background Documents page and Funded Projects page​.​

Please see the SGC web site for more information about the overall ​​AHSC program​



The Department of Conservation works 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.


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